In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 18th August 2019

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Delhi Police recommends relaxing of restrictions on investigative agencies in the Data Protection Bill

The Delhi Police had recommended “relaxing” liabilities on law enforcement agencies under the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018, a senior Delhi Police official told MediaNama on condition of anonymity. The source said that the liability on them is “not warranted” and “maybe the government will listen”. Read it here

Why Aadhaar-social media linkage petitioner Janani Krishnamurthy wants traceability

Janani Krishnamurthy filed the second PIL (writ petition no. 20214/2018) that sough a writ mandamus (special order by court) to link Aadhaar with social media accounts. Read it here

Facebook moves SC to hear the WhatsApp traceability case, SC to hear transfer petition on Aug 19

Earlier this morning, a Supreme Court division bench constituting Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice B.R. Gavai said that they would hear Facebook and WhatsApp’s plea to move the traceability case to the SC on August 19, sources who were at the hearing told MediaNama. Read it here

Centre for Internet & Society’s comments on NDHB: Literacy and benefits of PHR, access to anonymised data, consent as product

The Centre for Internet & Society has made its submission to the National Digital Health Blueprint 2019 public, it addresses challenges and caveats in implementing an EHR system in India, wherein digital literacy and literacy levels are low. It explains that PHR benefits have been useful to those who are technically competent. Read it here

Internet services partially restored in Jammu & Kashmir: Report

Internet services were partially restored in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Eid on August 12, Indiatimes reported. Internet services were snapped in the region on August 4, a day before Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Read it here

ALTBalaji has 27.3M subscribers and ₹36.8 Cr in losses: Q1FY20

The money: Balaji Telefilms’ digital segment, consisting of streaming service ALTBalaji, recorded subscription revenues of ₹12.32 crore, up by 113% YoY from ₹5.78 crore (in Q1FY19). Read it here

NCLAT tells AIOVA to prove abuse before dominance in case against Flipkart

On August 14, at the second hearing of the All India Online Vendors Association’s (AIOVA) appeal against the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) clean chit to Flipkart over the issue of abuse of dominant position to favour “preferred sellers” through unfair and discriminatory pricing, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) instructed AIOVA, Flipkart and Competition Commission of India to submit their written arguments by August 19. Read it here

883 million OTT streams, YouTube views up 60% at Saregama: Q1FY20

The bottomline: The Carvaan products are currently the Saregama’s primary focus, at least in the music segment, which accounted for 90% of the company’s FY19 revenue. Consolidated revenues are down, but operational revenues have slightly improved. Profits are dramatically down. Read it here

Amend existing laws so we can obtain and use people’s Aadhaar numbers for voter verification, says ECI to Law ministry

The Representation of the People Act and the Aadhaar Act should be amended so that the Election Commission can obtain and use people’s Aadhaar numbers for “verification of voter identity” – that’s what the letter that the ECI sent to the law ministry on August 13 reads, according to The Print. Read it here

NDHB “severely infringes” privacy principles, doesn’t say patient is owner of data, no safeguards for EHR misuse: SFLC

In its comments to the Ministry of Health’s National Digital Health Blueprint, SFLC has submitted that the Blueprint proposes a framework that “severely infringes” upon the fundamental right to privacy; it doesn’t adhere to privacy principles recommended by the AP Shah committee or in the Justice Srikrishna Committee report, the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018; it falls short of the tests laid down in the Supreme Court’s privacy judgment, and ignores the SC’s Aadhaar judgment. Read it here