In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 6th January 2019

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IT Minister says no risk of data theft as Aadhaar amendment bill tabled in Parliament

Amid concerns of the right to privacy and data security, the Minister of Electronic, Information and Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad has tabled The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment Bill) 2018 for consideration and passing. Read it here

FDI in the Ecommerce policy: Vendor neutral rules for marketplace-owned vendors

The Department of Industrial Promotion & Policy revised its guidelines on FDI in e-commerce and set out new rules for marketplaces and vendors, with relation to inventory and FDI, last week. The new guidelines will come into effect from 1 February, 2019. Read it here

ECI denies info about Aadhaar-voter ID linkage and the money spent on it

Update, 2 January 2019: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has further denied to provide information about the number of Voter IDs linked with Aadhaar. MediaNama had filed an appeal under the Right to Information Act, requesting for the information and documents that the ECI had earlier denied on the grounds that “no information is available in any physical form in record of the Commission.” Read it here

What does the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment Bill), 2018 do?

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment Bill), 2018 has been tabled in the lower house of the Parliament for consideration, despite resistance from opposition parties. The bill seeks to amend three acts: the Aadhaar Act 2016, the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002. Read it here

Lybrate launches GoodMD, a social platform for doctors

Doctor discovery and consultation platform Lybrate has launched GoodMD, a networking platform exclusively for doctors to voice their opinions on regulatory and administrative issues in healthcare. The company said it came up with GoodMD since due to a lack of an online space where medical professionals could talk to each other. Read it here

MeitY seeks public comments on changes to IT Rules till 15 January

The Ministry of IT and Electronics (MeitY) released a set of proposed changes to the rules which operationalize the IT Act, last week. These rules govern how intermediaries are to behave under Section 79. Read it here

MIB’s proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act addresses piracy

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952 to combat piracy and sought comments on the bill. It proposes inclusion of imprisonment of three years and a fine of upto Rs 10 lakhs for piracy attempts. Read it here

Mozilla calls proposed IT rule changes for intermediaries ‘blunt and disproportionate’

MeitY’s new proposed rules for intermediaries are “blunt and disproportionate solutions” to issues surrounding harmful online content, Mozilla Corporation said in a statement to MediaNama. Read it here

Mobile Number Portability requests in India decreased to 3.19M in October 2018

Porting requests were submitted for 3.19 million connections in the month of October 2018, according to the data released by the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 37% from 5.04 million porting requests reported in September 2018. Read it here

Cable and DTH operators roll out individual channel pricing per TRAI regulation

In light of TRAI’s new framework for broadcasting and cable services, DTH operators such Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and cable service providers have put out pricing for individual TV channels, reports The Indian Express. This is according to the new framework where users will be able to choose channels they want to watch. Read it here