The PDP Bill proposes voluntary verification of users and sharing of anonymised data by firms with the govt.
There’s no restriction on other kinds of personal information, partially taking into account the demands of global companies such as Google and Facebook, while aiming to safeguard data sovereignty. The Bill, which has not been made public yet, will be introduced in the current session of Parliament on “priority”.
The government is nevertheless planning to issue a notice to Google asking why it had not informed the authorities about the attack. It will also seek details of the cyber attack and its impact on Indian users. Phishing is defined as a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as user names, passwords by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.
The five software services providers hired over 64,332 employees in the six months to September, compared to 54,642 people in the same period last year, according to an ET analysis of employee hiring at these companies. The digital business contributes to over a third of revenue for most IT companies.
Google has said in a post that its Threat Analysis Group sent more than 12,000 warnings to users in 149 countries from July to September 2019 that they were targeted by government-backed attackers.
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.
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