Governance

China blocks WhatsApp to tighten online censorship

By : CIOL Writers

China has a long-standing history of blocking popular social networking apps. After blocking the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google, China has now officially blocked WhatsApp in the country. The instant messaging service which was partially available in the

Reliance Jio dismisses incumbents’ theory that IUC cut will benefit Jio alone

MUMBAI, INDIA: Reliance Jio has dismissed the incumbent operators’ theory that the reduced interconnect usage charge (IUC) would benefit the company significantly. On the other hand, Jio has called the cut ‘six years too late’ saying that it should have been implemented earlier

Digital Transformation Roadmap to 2022: Highlights from HPE C4IO Conclave

By : CIOL Bureau

Report by Prabhu Ram, CyberMedia Research The 9th edition of the HPE C4IO Conclave with theme of Convene, Communicate, Collaborate, Conquer, was held at Amritsar from 8-10 September, 2017. CMR was HPE’s Knowledge Partner for the same. The C4IO Conclave

Indian SC wants details of all the data WhatsApp shared with third parties

By : CIOL Writers

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has directed Facebook owned WhatsApp to file affidavits stating what user data they have shared with “third parties.” On its part, the messaging platform told SC that it did not share any

Supreme Court’s ‘Right to Privacy’ ruling triggers the data privacy debate

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Supreme Court judgement today said the ‘Right to Privacy‘ is a fundamental right protected by Article 21 of the Constitution of India that protects life and liberty. While the ruling is not particularly against Aadhaar, but

Indian govt launches app to sell and recharge FASTtag for paying e-toll

By : CIOL Writers

The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) has launched two new apps- MyFASTag and FASTag Partner through which highway users can buy FASTags (RFID cards) for electronic toll collection. A FASTag is linked to an account where the user adds money.

Apple bans VPN apps on the App Store in China, Russia follows suit

By : CIOL Writers

Apple is removing virtual private networks (VPN) services from its App Store in China. VPN service allows users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas sites. The move was first noted by ExpressVPN, a provider based outside of

UIDAI accuses Ola-owned Qarth of Aadhaar data misuse

By : CIOL Writers

The Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) has filed a complaint against Ola-owned Qarth Technologies for misusing data accessed from the Aadhaar website. Chennai-based Qarth Technologies was acquired by cab aggregator Ola in March 2016, in a bid to strengthen Ola’s mobile wallet

Govt to take ‘insights’ from Instagram and Facebook to catch tax evaders

By : CIOL Writers

For all those social media addicts whose lives are like an open book on their Facebook or Instagram walls, it’s time to stop and ponder a little bit. According to a Bloomberg report, your social media accounts will now be

India says NO to self-driving cars

By : CIOL Writers

While the tech companies are competing against each other to perfect self-driving technology with trials across the world, looks like one of the world’s fastest growing markets- India isn’t interested in the technology at all. Driverless cars will not be allowed

Now carry your Aadhaar on mobile with mAadhaar app

By : CIOL Writers

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a new mobile app called mAadhaar that lets you carry your Aadhaar on your mobile. This means, now all your biometric and demographic information will be available on your smartphone and you don’t need to

NPCI launches video tutorials to assist BHIM users

By : CIOL Writers

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has come up with video tutorials for customers who download the BHIM application for UPI based transactions. These videos are aimed at helping new users with introductory steps of using the application, such as

WhatsApp not doing enough to protect user data from surveillance: EFF

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook-owned WhatsApp may be one of the most popular means of communicating with friends and family across the globe but users need to be cautious while using the messaging app as it does not provide enough protection to users against

Twitter users sue Donald Trump for blocking them

By : CIOL Writers

A group of Twitter users have sued Donald Trump and two White House communication aides for violating their constitutional rights by blocking them from Trump’s personal Twitter account after they criticized the President. The case brought forward by the Knight

Smartron signs an MoU with Chhattisgarh govt to transform state’s tech infrastructure

By : CIOL Writers

Homegrown IoT brand Smartron has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chhattisgarh to bring smart technology and elevate the technical framework of the state. “With our strong R&D-led product portfolio, we look forward to partnering with the Chhattisgarh government

Amazon sets its eyes on food retail in India with a proposed investment of $500mn

By : CIOL Writers

Indian government has approved Amazon’s proposed $500 million investment in India’s food retail segment, according to PTI report. It is a separate investment from the $5 billion which it had already committed to invest in India. Citing a government official, the news agency

Citing consumer safety, DoT insists on installing GPS in every feature phone

By : CIOL Writers

The Department of Telecom(DoT) has made it compulsory to install Global Positioning System(GPS) in all mobile phones including the feature phones sold in India from January 1, 2018 so as to locate subscribers during emergency situations, rejecting a plea from handset

Government reportedly considering using private cars as shared taxi to cut down traffic

By : CIOL Writers

The government of India is examining the use of private vehicles as shared taxis in an effort to reduce car ownership and curb the growing traffic in major cities, according to a report in Reuters.  A government official involved in

Karnataka startups to get Rs 400cr boost under ‘Elevate’ programme

By : CIOL Writers

Karnataka IT & BT Minister Priyank Kharge on Tuesday opened the state government’s ‘Elevate’ programme under which the government will spend Rs 400 crore to ‘elevate’ 100 startups by providing them funds and mentors to help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. ‘Elevate

Maharashtra Govt chose Fortinet to deliver the wireless solution for MumbaiWiFi

MUMBAI, INDIA: Earlier this year, just before the BMC polls, the Government of Maharashtra launched the first phase of its ambitious MumbaiWiFi project to cover all major areas in the city with public WiFi hotspots. Besides, ensuring all government services