In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 17th November 2019

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Internet shut down in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during Ayodhya verdict

Internet services were suspended between November 9-10 in parts of the country, in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case which was delivered on November 9. Read it here

Has the Delhi High Court effectively asked intermediaries to track user location data?

On October 23, 2019 the Delhi High Court passed a judgement on whether content take-down and blocking orders passed by it would be global in nature or would they be limited to operating in the territory of India. Read it here

Chattisgarh govt forms committee to look into reports of NSO pitch

The Chattisgarh government constituted a three-member committee over the weekend to look into reports that the Israeli spyware group, NSO Group, had pitched its malware Pegasus to the Chattisgarh police 2-3 years ago.  Read it here

Google’s Project Nightingale collects millions of Americans’ health records

Google has secretly been gathering the health data of millions of Americans on behalf of the US’ second-largest healthcare provider, Ascension. The data gathered includes lab results, diagnoses, hospitalisation records, and “amounts to a complete health history”, including patient names and dates of birth. Read it here

Standing Committee on IT to take up WhatsApp-Pegasus issue, Kudankulam in Nov 20 meeting

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology is next scheduled to meet on November 20. As per the agenda on the Lok Sabha website, the committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, will be briefed by representatives of Home Ministry, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on the subject “citizen’s data security and privacy”. Read it here

New draft E-commerce Consumer Protection rules: No fake reviews or unfair trade practices

On November 11, the Department of Consumer Affairs, under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, released the draft of Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules 2019 for consultation. The draft rules are open for consultation from stakeholders for 21 days, that is, until December 2, 2019. Read it here

6 bidders, including Airtel, bid for Reliance Commmunications assets; Jio asks for extension: Reports

Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel and private equity firm Varde Partners are among the six companies that have submitted their bids for assets of Reliance Communications (RCom) and its subsidiaries, Reliance Telecommunications and Reliance Infratel. Read it here

‘Automatic Facial Recognition System is made legal by a 2009 cabinet note,’ says NCRB

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has justified the legality of the centralised Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) using a CCTNS Cabinet Note from 2009, where a system, akin to the AFRS, was envisaged. Read it here

Bharti Airtel losses soar to Rs 23,045 crore, SC’s AGR verdict had ‘significant financial implications’

Bharti Airtel reported a net loss of Rs 23,045 crore in the quarter that ended on September 2019 — a massive increase from the Rs 2,866 crore net loss which it posted in Q1FY20. Airtel said that the Supreme Court’s recent verdict on AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) had “significant financial implications on the company”. Read it here

Personal Data Protection Bill listed for introduction in Parliament’s Winter Session

The much awaited Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, will finally be introduced, considered and passed in the Winter Session of the Parliament, per a Lok Sabha bulletin released on November 14. Read it here