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J David McSwane (ProPublica) 07 June 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, legitimate importers were scammed out of millions trying to supply American hospitals and businesses with vital protective equipment.   Unlike the countless inexperienced middlemen and...

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation against micro-blogging site Twitter for potentially false reporting over its fake bot accounts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.   Twitter has received intense scrutiny in recent weeks over claiming...

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The withdrawal of a press release warning people about the possible misuse of Aadhaar data, after it went viral on social media, has only added to public anxiety and confusion rather than clarified matters. Here’s what happened.   On 27th May, the regional office of the Unique...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 June 2022
Aggrieved by the silence and breaking of the silence frivolously (only after the Right to Information (RTI) Act was invoked), by top constitutional authorities, including the President of India’s office and the prime minister’s Office (PMO) to a letter written five months ago by six former...

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Megan O’Matz (ProPublica) 31 May 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After a sheriff’s deputy was murdered in a Denver suburb, Colorado state Rep. Cole Wist took action by sponsoring a red flag bill. It likely cost him his seat. ProPublica spoke to Wist about the harsh realities of gun...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 May 2022
In yet another example of why Aadhaar is a mess, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) accepted the truth that Aadhaar or Aadhaar number could be misused, only to backtrack and withdraw its press note released on 27th May.   In a release issued through Press Information...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 May 2022
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has started a discussion on monkeypox at its 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) that began in Geneva on 22nd May. A key agenda of the WHA is a 'pandemic accord' in which member countries will vote on proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations...

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Government officers often term right to information (RTI) activists as blackmailers but neither put information on their website to support their allegations nor lodge a police complaint against those who they allege is a blackmailers. This silence is seen as an attempt by them to cause...

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In a major, citizen-friendly decision, the general administrative department (GAD) of Maharashtra government has ordered all public authorities to mandatorily provide the facility of online hearing to the Right to Information (RTI) Act applicant, although COVID-19 restrictions have been...

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Despite two explicit judgements by the Supreme Court, the central information commission (CIC) could not decide upon directing central public information officers (CPIOs) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to furnish information on inspection reports of banks and financial institutions (FIs)....

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With over one lakh second appeals or complaints under Right to Information (RTI) Act, haunting the Maharashtra State Information Commission (SCIC) and the delay in filling up vacancies of information commissioners being habitual, the fate of dissemination of information, blocked earlier by...

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Sidra Javed (The Leaflet) 12 May 2022
While some directions seem like the need of the hour (such as mandatorily reporting data breaches) and definitively aim at ensuring cyber security, others (such as collecting and storing personal data by VPN providers) fall short of this aim.   THE directions issued on April 28 by the...

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Priyanshi Bhageria (The Leaflet) 09 May 2022
Mandating all service providers, intermediaries, data centres, body corporates and government organisations to enable server logs of all their ICT systems, and maintain the same for a period of 180 days within the Indian jurisdiction, is being seen as yet another attempt at State...

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There’s sometimes a debate on whether private companies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or any other private entity, instead of an individual, can file an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Generally, the RTI applicant’s name is considered mandatory for filing such...

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After the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) added more than 80 Chinese firms to its list facing possible delisting from the American exchanges, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up Nio said on Friday it has received a conditional eligibility-to-list letter from the Singapore...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 May 2022
India is facing the worst power outages in more than six years amid heatwaves and soaring high temperatures across states and Union Territories (UTs). Two in three households in India confirmed facing power outages amidst heatwave and high temperatures in a survey conducted by...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2022
Here is the heart wrenching story of a double tragedy in the home of a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Bihar.   • 24 September 2021: Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar was shot dead in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2022
The defiance of a public information officer (PIO), not to respond to 38 summons sent by Madhya Pradesh's state information commissioner (MP SIC) Rahul Singh in six second appeal cases under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has led the latter to slap an arrest warrant against her. However,...

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The Supreme Court observed on Tuesday that a Hindu father or any other managing member of a Hindu undivided family (HUF) has the power to make a gift of ancestral property only for a 'pious purpose' and what is understood by the term 'pious purpose' is a gift for charitable or religious...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 April 2022
In the case of seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the State Bank of India (SBI), transaction banking unit (TBU) at Mumbai, the central information commission (CIC) has sealed the lips of people! Instead of taking the public information officer (PIO) and the...

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