The West vs. the East: Data Privacy and the Different Approaches to COVID-19 Apps (Part II – Netherlands and Comparative Analysis)

Posted on April 1, 2021 Authored by Sahel Bahman* Further to part one of our article on the impact of data protection laws on public health applications for COVID-19, this article aims to examine the development of COVID-19 apps in the West (i.e., the Netherlands, in this case) in the context of relevant privacy laws […]

The West vs. the East: Data Privacy and the Different Approaches to COVID-19 Apps (Part I – South Korea)

Posted on March 25, 2021 Authored by Sahel Bahman* Introduction The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and its spread between and within countries, has revealed a potential for the use of modern privacy laws in public health policy. For countries and health systems alike, the most effective way to understand the severity and prevalence of COVID-19 would […]

News Corner: TRAI Suspends Anti-Spam Regulations

On March 9, 2021, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) temporarily suspended the operation of the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018 (“TCCCP Regulations”).  The TCCCP Regulations were intended to curb the menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communication (“UCC”), which caused inconvenience and annoyance to consumers. UCC is any commercial communication which is neither […]

Examining the Intermediary and Digital Media Rules 2021: Digital Media and News Portals (Part II)

Posted on March 8, 2021 Co-authored by Melita Tessy & Vivek Basanagoudar* Introduction In the previous blog of the series ‘Examining the Intermediary and Digital Media Rules 2021’, the author analysed the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 (“IT Rules of 2021”) with a specific focus on the regulation of […]

Examining the Intermediary and Digital Media Rules 2021: Intermediaries and Social Media (Part I)

Posted on March 2, 2021 Authored by Eishan Mehta* On February 25th, 2021, the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”) were notified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”). The IT Rules, 2021 have been framed by the Government in exercise of the powers conferred […]

Facial Recognition Technology & Data Protection: Analysis of the Council of Europe’s New Guidelines

Posted on February 18, 2021 Authored by Melita Tessy* Introduction On 28 January 2021, the Council of Europe published the Guidelines for Facial Recognition (“Guidelines”) in consultation with the ‘Consultative Committee Of The Convention For The Protection Of Individuals With Regard To Automatic Processing Of Personal Data’ (“Consultative Committee”). These Guidelines were issued further to […]

Competition Overlaps in the Indian Ports Bill – CCI and the Maritime Ports Tribunal

Posted on January 26, 2021 Authored by Rushil Anand* Introduction The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways recently issued the draft of the Indian Ports Bill, 2020 (“Bill”) for public consultation. The Bill aims to enable growth and development of the ports and ensure proper utilization of country’s coastline, which has been marred by a […]

A Retrospective Analysis of India’s Proposal to Ban Trading in Cryptocurrency

Posted on January 21, 2021 Authored by Melita Tessy* Introduction To many in the Fintech sector, the 2018 circular[1] of the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), purportedly banning trade in virtual currencies would’ve come off as a rather unpleasant surprise. This is because, the RBI had published in 2015, the “Financial Stability Report” and the […]