The government has proposed to amend the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 of the IT Act, 2000.
In a response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Sanjay Dhotre, minister of state for electronics and IT (MeitY), said that "Blockchain Technology as one of the important research areas having application potential in different domains such as Governance, Banking and Finance, Cyber Security and so on."
Pointing to the need for a separate legislation that governs the terms under which the government can resort to surveillance, Srikrishna said there should be clarity on “under what circumstances, who can do it, and what is the procedure” for such actions by the state.
The study relied on insights from two national household surveys on Aadhaar, conducted between May and September 2019 and captured the experience of over 167,000 residents, which makes it the largest primary dataset on the use of Aadhaar.
The committee, which met on Wednesday, discussed issues such as the breach that affected some Indians and the cyberattack on the nuclear plant in Kudankulam.
WhatsApp told the govt that it could have communicated the issue better, deprting from its earlier stance.
KN Govindacharya, who recently filed a criminal writ petition in the SC after the WhatsApp-NSO alleged snooping scandal came to light, has argued that the cyber attack caused a violation of citizen's privacy and was a risk to national security.
Facebook said, based on the circumstances, it may voluntarily disclose information to law enforcement agencies if it has a good reason to believe that the matter involves imminent risk of serious physical injury or death.
Ecommerce companies Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart and Snapdeal presented views on possible data localisation, sharing aggregate customer data with the government and potential data portability on Tuesday.
Ravi Shankar Prasad asked the young officers to become "thinkers" instead of just "officers" and help in the country's drive towards innovation and technology led growth. He also asked the government officers to create patents and think of ways in which BharatNet can be taken to the last mile or how corprorates can be part of the Digital Village programme.
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