In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 21st July 2019

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Don’t access social media on official devices unless permitted: Home ministry’s social media and internet policy for govt employees

In a first, the Home Ministry has advised government officials to not access social media on official devices unless permitted in its social media and internet policy for government employees, reports the Economic Times. Read it here

FTC approves $5 billion penalty on Facebook for privacy violations

The US Federal Trades Commission (FTC) will impose a fine of $5 billion on Facebook for violating a decree governing privacy breaches, stemming from the Cambridge Analytics scandal, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read it here

Walmart had told US govt that India’s FDI in e-commerce rules were ‘regressive’: report

Update: A Walmart spokesperson told MediaNama that the company regularly offers inputs to the US and Indian governments on policy issues related to the retail sector and that this is a “past issue”. Read it here

Delhi HC restrains e-commerce platforms from selling products of ‘Direct Selling Entities’

The Delhi High Court has restrained e-commerce platforms Amazon, Flipkart, Healthkart and Snapdeal and several sellers from displaying, advertising and offering for sale the products of companies that are ‘direct selling entities’ without their consent, as Bar and Bench reports. Read it here

DoT and ICRIER to develop Broadband Readiness Index, recommended by DoT in National Digital Communications Policy 2018

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) signed an MoU on July 16 to develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) for all states and UTs; this index was recommended in the National Digital Communication Policy 2018 (appended below) by the DoT. Read it here

Yet another crypto exchange Cryptokart shuts down

Cryptocurrency exchange firm Cryptokart has has decided to shut down its operations, the firm’s co-founder Gaurang Poddar said in a LinkedIn post. “We’ve decided to shutdown Cryptokart”, wrote Poddar. Read it here

Netflix to rollout cheaper mobile-only plan for India; “Growth in India a marathon”: Q2 2019 earnings

Netflix will roll-out a mobile only streaming plan in India, which will be priced lower than its existing subscription plans. The plans will rollout by Q3 and is aimed at capturing more subscribers. In its Q2 letter to investors, Netflix said this “will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5).” Read it here

BJP MPs Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Amar Shankar Sable talk algorithm bias and privacy in Parliament

“There is a need for a legal and organisational framework”, said BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar in Rajya Sabha yesterday, referring to the Algorithmic Accountability Bill that has been proposed in the US Senate. Read it here

Privacy concerns turn Microsoft Office 365’s future in some German schools turns cloudy

On July 9, the German state of Hesse warned its schools that they may not legally use Microsoft Office 365 as the data stored in the cloud, even if the data was held in European centres, could potentially be accessed in the US. Read it here

eBay acquires 5.5% stake in Paytm Mall

eBay has agreed to buy a 5.5% stake in e-commerce marketplace Paytm Mall, according to a company statement. eBay store within the PayTM Mall, revealed eBay CEO Devin Wenig in an investors’ call. eBay said that this move will aid their “cross-border trade efforts”. Read it here