IT Ministry

IT Minister RS Prasad asks WhatsApp to explain about Israeli spyware Pegasus attack

The IT Minister's direction to WhatsApp came amid reports of the latest cyber-attack by an Israeli spyware Pegasus targetting Indian journalists and human rights activists using WhatsApp.

Oct 31, 2019, 17:54 PM IST

IT Ministry seeks response from WhatsApp over Israeli sypware Pegasus issue; gives time till Nov 4 to reply

WhatsApp has accused the NSO Group of sending malware to roughly 1,400 mobile phones for ''surveillance.''

Oct 31, 2019, 16:10 PM IST

IT Ministry directs YouTube to remove video links of captured IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

YouTube has removed 11 video links pertaining to the captured IAF pilot.

Feb 28, 2019, 17:32 PM IST

WhatsApp appoints grievance officer for India, but in the US

Sources in the IT ministry reveal the government has taken a grim view of the decision to station the grievance officer in the US. Cyber security experts largely call it a cosmetic move.

Sep 24, 2018, 19:06 PM IST

IT Ministry mulls third notice to WhatsApp; may insist on message traceability

According to government sources, an internal discussion was held on the issue and a third letter could now be sent to WhatsApp in the next 7-10 days.

Sep 20, 2018, 18:18 PM IST

WhatsApp starts new feature to let users identify forwarded messages

Users will need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on their phone to see the new forwarded label, the company said.

Jul 12, 2018, 06:57 AM IST

National electronics policy to be finalised in second half of FY19: Sources

The IT Ministry official said that the country will now be moving towards incentivising the export of electronics products manufactured in India, too.

May 02, 2018, 17:48 PM IST

Ask Facebook to pledge not to allow meddling in our elections, Parliament panel demands

The parliamentary standing committee has asked the government to get an assurance from Facebook that it would not misuse the users' data to influence polls in India.

Apr 20, 2018, 00:01 AM IST

95 mobile companies set up plants in India: IT Minister

The minister said that the system can be used to check adjournments being given by district courts.

Sep 24, 2017, 19:24 PM IST

Phone companies get time till Sept 12 to furnish data security info

The government has given smartphone companies time till September 12 to furnish full details of procedures adopted by them to ensure data security, a senior IT Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Sep 06, 2017, 20:52 PM IST

IT Ministry writes to 9 more smartphone firms on data security

The IT ministry has now said it intends to ask all the remaining companies selling smartphones in India to provide details of the security processes followed by them to safeguard users' data.

Aug 21, 2017, 20:36 PM IST

Looking for ways to minimise fake news on platform: WhatsApp

In India, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court claiming that after the 2016 privacy policy of WhatsApp, personal data was shared and other data were collected by the company for commercial purposes.

Aug 21, 2017, 17:54 PM IST

Transactions of Rs 1,500 crore on BHIM app so far: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Responding to a mention made by SP member Jaya Bachchan during the Zero Hour in the House, Prasad also said more than 2 crore people have been trained by common service centres on digital payements.

Jul 31, 2017, 14:40 PM IST

Apple seeks changes in phased manufacturing programme for setting up unit in India

iPhone maker Apple has sought modifications in the government's phased manufacturing programme (PMP) as it plans to set up a manufacturing unit in the country.

Jun 08, 2017, 18:22 PM IST

MeitY reaches out to RBI, others against Wanna Cry ransomware

The IT ministry has reached out to key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI (Aadhaar) to advise them to protect their systems against 'Wanna Cry' ransomware to ensure that the digital payments ecosystem in the country is protected.

May 14, 2017, 20:52 PM IST

Govt launches free anti-virus for PC, mobile phones

The IT Ministry on Tuesday launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for removing malicious softwares.

Feb 21, 2017, 21:36 PM IST

Govt planning insurance guidelines for electronic wallet transactions

In order to work out a mechanism to enable an insurance framework for electronic wallet transactions, government has initiated talks with mobile wallet players and insurance companies.

Jan 29, 2017, 18:43 PM IST

UIDAI shifted to IT Ministry from Niti Aayog

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar cards, has been shifted to the administrative control of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology from Niti Aayog.


Sep 18, 2015, 22:20 PM IST

Goverment to offer freelancing opportunities under Digital India

Under the scheme, all government documents will be digitised with the help of people who can type on computer or mobile devices.

May 31, 2015, 11:22 AM IST

Govt body NIXI against selective bundling of apps by telcos

Neutral Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a body under the IT Ministry, Friday said it strongly supports Net Neutrality and any move by telecom operators to selectively bundle the services will go against the basic concept of internet.

Apr 24, 2015, 20:17 PM IST