In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 13th October 2019

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TikTok celebrity gets BJP ticket for upcoming Haryana elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Haryana unit has nominated TikTok sensation Sonali Phogat as its candidate for the Adampur seat in the upcoming state elections. Read it here

USA, Australia start negotiating negotiate data access executive agreement under CLOUD Act

Today, the United States and Australia have formally started negotiating an executive agreement under the American CLOUD (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data) Act which will allow the two countries to demand electronic data from tech companies based in the other country without legal barriers, the US Justice Department told MediaNama in an email. Read it here

‘We support you on end-to-end encryption,’ 58 civil society organisations to Facebook

In a show of support that has typically eluded Facebook, 58 civil society organisations around the world wrote to Mark Zuckerberg, “encouraging” him to continue increasing end-to-end “security” across the company’s messaging services. Read it here

Petition in Kerala High Court seeks ban on Telegram, cites terrorism and child porn

A petition has been filed in Kerala High Court seeking a ban on messaging app Telegram, stating that it is used to promote child pornography and terrorism, and that it presents law enforcement issues, reports Bar & Bench. Read it here

USA, Japan sign Digital Trade Agreement, stand against data localisation

In their Digital Trade Agreement, USA and Japan have renewed their stance in favour of cross-border data flows and against data localisation. The trade agreement also allows for open access to government data. Read it here

Indian Hospitality Association to certify food bloggers: Report

The Hospitality Industry of India — an industry body of the hospitality industry in India — will certify “genuine” food bloggers. Bloggers without this certification will be booked for “defaming restaurants”, Pune Mirror reported. Read it here

‘End police partnership with Amazon’s Ring,’ 30+ digital rights organisations demand from US govt

More than 30 digital rights and civil liberties organisations have demanded that local, state, and federal officials end partnerships between Ring, Amazon’s camera-enabled doorbell company, and over 400 law enforcement agencies in the US. “These partnerships pose a serious threat to civil rights and liberties, especially for black and brown communities already targeted and surveilled by law enforcement,” the digital rights organisations wrote in an open letter. Read it here

Jio to charge 6 paise/min for calls made to other companies’ subscribers

Reliance Jio will now charge its customers 6 paise per minute for mobile voice calls made to other operators to recover the interconnect usage charge (IUC) of, The Economic Times reported. Read it here

Need to have ‘Press Council like’ body for news portals: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister of Information and Broadcast Prakash Javadekar called for the formation of a regulatory body, an organisation like Press Council of India, for news portals. “News portals are just like regular newspapers online. Read it here

Sri Lanka introduces final draft of Personal Data Protection Bill

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (MDIIT) introduced the final draft of Personal Data Protection Bill on September 24. Read it here