The Indian app ecosystem is set to transform on the back of the government’s recent decision to curtail the presence of predatory foreign technology firms in the country.
Recent media reports that Chinese mobile phone giant Xiaomi has been sending users’ data to China for analysis has brought the issue of privacy and the security of users’ data into sharp focus.
An expert explains how a new tech repository enables targeted search of India’s technology capabilities which will open gates for innovation and collaboration across industry and academia. Highlights: As India aspires to become a trillion-dollar digital economy, enhancing cyber security measures becomes a key national priority. Tech Sagar is a repository featuring 4000+ entities from Industry, Academia and Research, providing a country-level view of India’s cyber competencies. The initiative enables the Government to assess the country-level readiness on strategic technologies [...]
India’s Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 defines who owns the data, who can use it and under what circumstances. Though US tech companies are unlikely to welcome some of its provisions on data localisation, it will prevent data colonisation in line with the broad global consensus on the issue. Highlights: The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill currently under deliberation is set to legislate rules and requirements on data sovereignty. According to the bill, sensitive data relations financial status, health, sexual [...]
The recent WhatsApp controversy and the Indian government’s reaction highlights that India aspires to be a rule maker not a rule taker in this new high-stakes game, writes India Inc. Founder and CEO Manoj Ladwa. Highlights: The hacking of WhatsApp via the Pegasus software has raised concerns on data security. There is an overwhelming need to handle data responsibly. India has been at the forefront of the global campaign to create a responsible environment for data security and storage. As [...]
Whilst fixated on the ongoing national elections, India must not take its eye off Chinese tech giant Xiaomi as it makes an aggressive march to capture the huge market (and maybe even data!), writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. Xiaomi has just invested half a billion dollars in India. That’s a ringing endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative. This massive investment is expected to help it fight the challenge from Samsung, which has launched [...]
India’s Draft E-Commerce Policy has set off a fierce debate in India about discounts, control and, most importantly, data security. The Indian government is reworking the Draft E-commerce Policy it had released earlier following criticism mainly from foreign players and several independent analysts. In particular, the draft drew criticism for its alleged bias in favour of protectionism and for making the domestic RuPay card, promoted by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the mandatory payments gateway. It had also [...]
China has invested almost $10 billion in Indian start-ups since 2014. This can give it access to data on hundreds of millions of Indian consumers and enable it to nudge the public discourse in a direction it desires and could acquire a critical strategic dimension in the years ahead. India and China may not see eye to eye on many things – especially after the eyeball to eyeball confrontation at Doklam near the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction – but that has not stopped Chinese [...]
Even as Indian politicians engage in a no-holds-barred fight over security of personal data in the custody of the government and political parties, a far more serious discussion is underway – away from the arc lights – on ensuring and enhancing the security of private data in India. The political debate is partisan and ill-tempered and analysing it here will serve little purpose. Instead, we take a closer look at the issues involved and try to arrive at the best [...]
A cyber security expert believes improving global resilience will require all stakeholders to act together at scale and in a coordinated way. The integration of physical and digital systems creates many opportunities for improved performance and innovation in the systems that support a modern economy, generating economic value and creating social and environment benefits. Such systems and their underpinning digital technologies – data analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, advanced connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) – will provide myriad [...]