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.
A post graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata, Gupta is an engineer from Delhi College of Engineering. Gupta joins Google from Star and Disney India where he was the Managing Director. He also had stints at HUL and Bharti Airtel as Chief Marketing Officer.
In August, the apex court had directed the banking regulator to submit a compliance report on the data localisation efforts undertaken by the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform. The deadline to submit its response is November 29.
It means anyone can now hack into a device, take control of it and use it to spread malicious rumours that are detrimental to national security or those that lead to incidents of lynching, the official said.
In Sept 2019, WhatsApp told CERT-In of attempts to target 121 Indians & around 20 may have been impacted.
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.
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