The Stanford Internet Observatory claimed that Chinese based Agora supplied back-end infrastructure to Clubhouse and it may have access to users’ audio, possibly providing access to the Chinese govt. The app, in response, said that it was reviewing its data protection practices and accepted that some people in China had found a workaround to download the app which meant the conversations they were a part of could be transmitted via Chinese servers.
Minister for IT and deputy CM, UP Dinesh Sharma said a new dedicated data centre policy was on the cards for the state to develop a 250 MW (IT power) data centre industry to attract an investment of Rs 20,000 cr. He said that more than 3,300 start-ups are operational in UP and a fund of Rs 1,000 cr has been set up by the govt with help from SIDBI. The state government will also set up IT parks in all 18 divisions of the state to promote IT and attract investment.
The Karnataka govt would soon launch the cybersecurity policy, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said Monday. Govt is rapidly adopting IT solutions for delivering public services. While this has many benefits, the increased adoption also comes associated with significant cyber risks. Karnataka reported the highest number of cybercrimes on a Y-o-Y basis. Bengaluru, aside from being India’s tech hub, is also a subject to highest number of cybercrimes.
Google has pulled Paytm from the Play Store for violating its gambling policies. Paytm is India’s most valuable start-up and claims over 50M monthly active users. Play Store prohibits online casinos and other gambling apps that facilitate sports betting in India. Paytm supports fantasy sports service and repeatedly violated Play Store’s policies. Paytm’s fantasy sports service Paytm First Games, which is also a standalone app, was also pulled from the Play Store.
The govt is looking to prohibit mobile apps from collecting users’ data that is unnecessary for their functioning. Sources reported that a policy is underway that would oversee pre burning/pre-loading of apps on mobile phones as many of these apps are installed on users’ mobile phones without their consent. This rule would be applied to all companies including Facebook and WhatsApp.
Google amended its ads policies after a UK-based research group claimed that it promotes coronavirus-related misinformation advertisements. Starting 20 August, the firm will ban ads that promote conspiracy theories that coronavirus is China-made bioweapon or was created by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates etc. Vaccine-related misinformation will also be banned. In case of violation, a 7-day warning will be given prior to account suspension.
As per Google’s updated ads policies, ads that promote spyware, stalkerware etc will be banned from advertising, starting 11 August 2020. Examples of the products refrained from advertising include – spyware, tech used to monitor intimate partners, GPS trackers marketed to spy someone without consent, surveillance equipment with spying intent. However, child activity trackers are excluded. If violated, a 7-day warning prior to account suspension will be issued.
India, during the lockdown period, has shown a 56% increase in malicious traffic on the internet, which includes phishing, spamming and scanning of ICT systems, particularly of critical information infrastructure. A report also said, approximately more than one-third of all cyber-attacks worldwide are launched from China. The government has announced that a new policy will be brought up as there are many gaps in the current infrastructure.