In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 14th July 2019

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British Airways fined record £183 million for data breach involving 500,000 customers: report

British Airways, owned by the International Airlines Group (IAG), is facing a fine of more than £183 million from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after hackers stole the personal data of about half a million of the airline’s customers last year, according to the BBC. Read it here

NCRB invites bids to implement Automated Facial Recognition System

On June 28, the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) called for applicants to bid for the implementation of a centralised Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS). The ad defined the broad scope of work in fairly innocuous terms — “supply, installation and commissioning of hardware and software at NCRB” — but the detailed request for proposal (RFP) is anything but innocuous. Read it here

Jordan bans online game PUBG for its ‘negative effects’ on citizens

Citing “negative effects” on citizens, Jordan Jordan banned the hugely popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG, on July 6. A source in Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said that the game “has negative effects on its users, which led to its being officially blocked”, according to an AFP report. Read it here

Delhi government begins installing CCTV cameras inside classrooms ‘to prevent crime’: Report

On July 6, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a project for CCTV camera installation in all Delhi government schools, PTI reported. A Lajpat Nagar government school, Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, became the first Delhi government school where CCTVs were installed inside all the classrooms to enhance the security of students, IANS reported. Read it here

Instagram announces two new anti-bullying features

On July 8, Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, announced two new anti-bullying measures, one of which has already been rolled out. The first is powered by AI, and notifies people “when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted”. The second, which will be tested soon, is called Restrict. Read it here

National Consumer Helpline registered 8,373 complaints of fraud in online shopping in 3 years, minister reveals

As many as 8,373 complaints of fraud in online shopping were registered by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ National Consumer Helpline (NCH), between August 2016 (when its online complaint filing became operational) and March 2019, according to Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Read it here

The Future of Copyright Policy in India

India is once again in the process of amending its copyright law. This comes after a complete overhaul of the field’s governing statute in 2012 followed by the issue of rules under the statute in 2013. Read it here

Income Tax Department’s “Project Insight” looks at data management for non-compliance of tax filing

The Income Tax department is contemplating issuing e-Pan using Aadhaar based e-KYC “in less than 10 minutes” by setting up real time PAN/TAN processing centres (RTPC), said Anurag Thakur in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on July 8. Read it here

ORF Round Table: India, US, Law Enforcement and data governance

“I’m worried”, a participant at ORF’s Round Table on ‘India at the Crossroads: Unlocking the Nation’s Digital Potential’, said. “I’m worried about the Personal Data Protection bill being a miss, and creating more turbulence. Read it here

Aadhaar Amendment will allow states to use data: report

The Union government has inserted a new clause in the Aadhaar Amendment Act, according to Mint, which will allow the use of Aadhaar data by the states for implementing their schemes. The clause will permit the state government’s to use biometric information for devolution of funds. Read it here