In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 8th April 2018

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Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT to discuss Privacy and Data Protection on April 4th 2018

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology is going to discuss Privacy and Data Protection on April 4th 2018, with representatives
of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology set to brief the committee on “Citizens’ data security and privacy”, according to a notice from the committee, and a tweet from Committee Chairman Anurag Thakur. Read it here

Hacking group Lulzsec India alleges massive Aadhaar and PAN data breach

A Twitter handle of anonymous hackers (who claim to be a group) by the name Lulzsec India have tweeted about a vulnerability involving 22,000 Aadhaar and PAN cards. They have refused to provide further information till the vulnerability is patched. The screenshot they have tweeted appears to show numbered folders and image documents of an Aadhaar card and the name “Kamlesh Tiwari” written by hand – which could be the scan of a signature. Read it here

Ola acquires public transport app Ridlr in all-stock deal

Ride-hailing company Ola has acquired Mumbai-based public transport ticketing and commuting service Ridlr in an all-stock deal. Ridlr, which was founded in 2012 has been able to work with BEST, and Mumbai and Delhi Metro services to allow ticketing and other conveniences such as real-time tracking. Read it here

Government replies to Parliamentary Questions on Aadhaar Enrollment Centres

On the 2nd of July 2017, the Union government had directed the states that all Aadhaar centres (including private operators) be moved to government premises such as district collectorates, zila parishad offices or municipal offices by the end of August 2017. They could also be located at banks, block offices, taluk offices or other delivery offices run by state governments, Dr. Pandey had said at that time. Read it here

Jio Payments Bank commences operations, 70-30 joint venture with SBI

Jio Payments Bank has started its operations, the RBI announced in a release, making it the sixth payments bank to roll out after the central bank gave its in-principle approval to 11 applicants in August 2015. Jio Payments Bank Ltd is a 70-30 joint venture between Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. and India’s largest lender State Bank of India. Read it here

Constitutional Validity of Aadhaar, Day 23 – “Aadhaar itself cannot be struck down”

This is a record of the proceedings in the Supreme Court bench hearings on the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar, which began on Feb 13, 2018. You may read the previous days’ proceedings here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16., Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21 and Day 22. Read it here

RBI issues directive banning regulated enties from dealing with cryptocurrencies

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed all regulated entities including banks not to provide services to businesses dealing in virtual currencies (cryptocurrencies) like bitcoins. While the RBI has stopped short of banning cryptocurrencies entirely, this move will severely restrict consumers’ ability to either purchase or sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins. Read it here

562,455 Indian users among 87 million accounts accessed by Cambridge Analytica: Facebook

Data belonging to over 562,455 Indian Facebook users may have been improperly accessed by British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant has revealed. This information came as part of the revelation that Cambridge Analytical had access to data from 87 million users, mostly from the US, around 37 million more than what had been reported earlier. Read it here

Star India buys Indian cricket media rights for $944 million, pips Sony and Jio

Star India has retained the television broadcast and digital rights for all International and domestic cricket played in India for the next five years at a whopping Rs6,138.1 crore ($944 million), outbidding rivals such as Sony Pictures Networks India and Reliance Jio. The current bid value is significantly higher than Star TV’s record 2012 bid of Rs3,851 crore ($750 million at that time). Read it here

RBI directs all payment companies to store data locally, gives them 6 months to comply

The Reserve Bank of India has mandated all payments system operators working in India to ensure that data related to payment systems operated by them is stored in the country. The operators will have a period of six months to comply with the RBI directive. The central bank will issue detailed instructions in a week. Read it here