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IANS 29 September 2022
Cyber-security researchers on Wednesday revealed that hackers have compromised the swachh.city platform, an initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, that could put "critical information" of nearly 1.6 crore (about 16 million) users...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 August 2022
Dr Prashant Mishra, a cardiac surgeon, who raised the alert on possible fraud in fundraising campaigns for medical treatment, has alleged a likely nexus between hospitals and fundraising platforms. In a series of tweets, he says that employees of crowdfunding platforms suggest hospitals to...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 26 August 2022
During the COVID pandemic, especially the second wave, we found many people benefited from crowdfunding. The money contributed by several people helped needy patients receive in-time treatment and, in some cases, helped the families of the deceased to bring their lives back on track....

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V Venkatesan  and   Gursimran Kaur Bakshi (The Leaflet) 25 August 2022
Five years have gone by since privacy was declared an indispensable right of personal freedom and liberty by the Supreme Court.  The Leaflet chronicles the trials and tribulations of this right since then. — Exactly five years ago, on this date, the right to privacy was recognised as...

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Uttam Kumar Verma (The Leaflet) 25 July 2022
The government, by pushing towards privatisation and disinvestments of public sector assets, does not aid public prosperity, especially that of people with disabilities. ——   THE Narendra Modi-led Union Government professes the credo of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’,...

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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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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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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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Moneylife Digital Team 21 March 2022
In a significant judgement that will ease the pains of many senior citizens, the Bombay High Court (HC) has ruled that a son cannot claim any right of share in his parent's flat while they are alive.    In an order passed last week, the bench of justice Gautam Patel and justice Madhav...

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Parul Anand  and   Samiksha Lohia (The Leaflet) 25 January 2022
The Data Protection Authority as provided for in the Draft Data Protection Bill, 2021 veers towards State interests, and there are notable ambiguities in its working as prescribed in the Bill. These issues must be urgently addressed, write SAMIKSHA LOHIA and PARUL ANAND.   On 16...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 November 2021
India is at the second spot when it comes to requesting content removal from social media platforms. Russia tops the list of the top-10 countries, with 179,013 content removals requested. However, India accounts for 24% of requests Facebook has received from across the globe when it comes to...

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IANS 11 November 2021
Apple is launching a new digital legacy programme where its users can choose up to five people who can access the iCloud data after their demise.   The Digital Legacy programme is arriving in the latest iOS 15.2 update where you can designate up to five people as 'Legacy Contacts' on...

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IANS 01 November 2021
At least 30 per cent of the population or 40 crore individuals, called the 'missing middle', are devoid of any financial protection for health, said a Niti Aayog report.   In its report 'Health Insurance for India's Missing Middle', Niti Aayog has said that the expansion of health...

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Renu Gupta  and   Akshat Bhushan (The Leaflet) 27 October 2021
With India trying to compete globally on issues of technology and drone usage, it is necessary to analyse if the relevant Indian regulation is on par to provide the necessary safeguards from privacy violations. RENU GUPTA and AKSHAT BHUSHAN argue that the current legal framework is lacking in...

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Aravind Natarajan 13 October 2021
The Mumbai Monorail, feeder system to the Mumbai metro, which has had a bumpy ride so far, has announced plans to get 10 new rakes and increase speed and capacity of the project, whose very existence has been questioned my many experts. But none of this is happening anytime soon. In fact, by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 September 2021
Real interest rates have turned negative in India (which means the interest rate is lower than inflation), as has happened in the US and Europe some years back. This has created many problems for savers, especially senior citizens, many of whom have kept most of their money safely with banks....

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Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, over 5,000 pandemic-related phishing websites have surfaced, designed to steal users' credentials via fake payment offers and discounted Covid tests, among others.   Recently, phishing ads for fake QR codes and vaccination certificates for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 August 2021
After my story on the smooth process at the Pune passport office was published on 5th August hailing the remarkable efficiency of a once shabbily operated passport office, what hits us now is an anti-climax!   I got  several calls complaining that the Pune police verification is slow;...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 August 2021
The last I had visited the swanky Pune passport office at Mundhwa was way back in 2012-13, not to get or renew a passport, but to protest in front of it.  My ire was aimed then at the shabby and irresponsible working of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which was in a public-private-partnership...

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