In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 24th June 2018
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Bombay HC: CCTV in private property without residents’ consent illegal
The Bombay High Court ruled that installing CCTV cameras outside an apartment without consent from the flat’s resident is illegal, Live Law reports. The judge, Justice SJ Kathawalla, agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument that their privacy was being violated. “In my view, since admittedly Plaintiffs 2 to 5 are residing in [flats in a floor where the defendant does not live], no one has a right to invade their privacy,” Kathawalla said in the order. Read it here
Andhra Pradesh govt website exposed medical purchase data of hundreds
An unsecured website of Andhra Pradesh government exposed the names and numbers of every person who purchased medicines from a government-run store, reported HuffPost India.
The purchases include sensitive details about purchases of Suhagra 50, a generic version of Viagra (which is used to treat erectile dysfunction), making the privacy of this data paramount. A dashboard on the Anna Sanjivini website allowed anyone with internet access details including the names and phone numbers of every person who purchased medicines from every single such store. Read it here
SC refuses to grant urgent hearing on Centre’s social media snooping project
The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to West Bengal legislator Mahua Moitra had filed a petition challenging the Centre’s move to set up a social media communication hub to analyse and monitor social media content. The Tribune reported that Moitra wanted the apex court to stay the entire project, on grounds that it would violate an individual’s right to privacy. Read it here
Mobile Number Portability: Operators say no to refunding balance
At an open house discussion held by TRAI, mobile operators like Jio, Airtel and Vodafone objected to refunding the unspent balance to outgoing users. In the open house discussion, which MediaNama attended, Vodafone said that average prepaid balances of consumers porting to other operators was very low. Read it here
Google will train Indian journalists in fact-checking and fake news detection
Google has partnered with three firms to train Indian journalists to fact-check news, the company announced in a blog post. The three companies are fact-checking sites BoomLive and Internews, and news analytics firm dataLEADS. Read it here
Andhra Pradesh government makes data of 4.5 crore citizens accessible
In yet another in a series of data compromises, the Andhra Pradesh government has exposed expansive details of upto 4.5 crore citizens — right from their phone numbers, insurance status, and home addresses — on a state government portal, accessible with only an Aadhaar number, reported The Times of India. Read it here
DoT allows telcos to make calls over the internet; no clarity for VoIP apps
The telecom department issued a notification on Tuesday saying that Internet Telephony services are “untethered from the underlying access network”. This essentially means that telcos can deploy apps that can call Indian numbers over an internet connection that they don’t have to control. Read it here
Andhra CM orders audit for all govt portals, sets up site to report breaches
After a series of data breaches by the Andhra government were discovered, the state government has finally moved a muscle; Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an audit of all government websites (which is the second such audit since May) and said the state will set up a portal to report such vulnerabilities and breaches. The developments were first reported by The New Indian Express. Read it here
Youtube adds new monetisation options for creators, including paid subscriptions
YouTube has announced several new features that expand the monetisation option for mid-level content creators on the video platform. A key new addition is a paid subscription feature that will allow content creators to offer exclusive content behind a $4.99 monthly paywall. Read it here
Zomato Gold is live in Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Chandigarh
Zomato has expanded its paid subscription product ‘Zomato Gold’ in Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata this month.
With Zomato Gold’s latest launch in Chennai, the product is now available in ten cities in India- Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. Read it here