Ride-hailing companies Uber and Ola made presentations before the committee headed by Infosys cofounder Kris Gopalakrishnan a few weeks ago. The panel also met several health and health-tech companies. The committee has sent a list of questions to Amazon, Flipkart and other ecommerce companies, and it expects answers to these during next week’s meeting.
Govindacharya has also written to Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking NIA investigation against FB, WhatsApp, NSO Group Technologies, and Q Cyber Technologies for compromising with public data. Govindacharya has also said that from the pleadings of WhatsApp before the US district court, it is clear that WhatsApp is not secure and that its systems were compromised.
WhatsApp responds to government; says it informed in September Indian users were impacted of malware
WhatsApp's response to the government on Friday comes amid allegations that it had withheld information about Indian citizens being among those affected by the widespread hacking. The Facebook-owned messaging platform sais it had informed the country’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) about the malware in the messaging application in May.
NSO Group says that it is a supplier of surveillance tools to governments and law enforcers, and its products tackle and prevent serious crimes and support search and rescue operations after natural disasters.
Cybersecurity firms have in the past found the Pegasus software in both the Apple and Android operating systems. WhatsApp said the number of infected users may go up from the current estimate of 1,400, as more people come forward.
This will be the largest dedicated team from an IT services provider for Google Cloud, top execs said. HCL will set up three Google Cloud-specific labs, one each in Dallas, London and Noida. HCL will work on pilots for clients and enable their shift to Google’s cloud platform. Google and HCL Technologies will jointly market the solutions to clients
Facebook's messaging platform alleged that the Israeli NSO Group targeted some 1,400 users. While WhatsApp declined to reveal the identities and exact number of those targeted for surveillance in India, its spokesperson confirmed that the it was aware of those targeted and had contacted each one of them. The NSO Group said it disputes the allegations and will vigorously fight them.
The committee, which has been formed to root out duplication of work, will be headed by principal scientific advisor K VijayRaghavan. The panel will specify the roles of different agencies in achieving the AI mission.
Even though non-personal data may be kept outside the purview of the Personal Data Protection Bill, clarity is required on several instances of overlap between personal and non-personal data. Govt formed a panel led by S Gopalakrishnan in September.
The government has recently come up with a draft policy for software products in an effort to create boost the software products space in the country. Meity has partnered with IT industry body Nasscom for the awards.
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