Parliamentary panel News
India's executives of tech giants like Apple, Google, etc. will testify before a parliamentary panel. The parliamentary committee is looking into anti-competitive practices in digital space. The CCI is already probing various cases, especially in the digital space, following complaints of unfair business practices.
Nearly 95% of online responses to parliamentary panel opposed raising women's marriage age. Sources in the committee expressed apprehension that it could be part of a conspiracy to defeat the government initiative. The proposed law will apply to all communities in the country and, once enacted, will supersede existing marriage and personal laws.
The industry associations have sought wider consultations with stakeholders before the bill is introduced in Parliament. The bodies have expressed concern on inclusion of non-personal data, restrictions on cross-border data transfers, data localisation obligations, mandatory hardware and AI software certifications. The industry bodies said mandates for companies to locally store their data in India will degrade the privacy and cybersecurity protections by limiting state-of-the-art solutions that are globally available.
The members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, met in Parliament to discuss 'Citizens' safety and data protection'. BJP opposed the panel meeting alleging that when Congress is not allowing discussion on the Pegasus issue in Parliament then it cannot be brought up in the committee meeting. Congress MP Tharoor had asserted that Pegasus row the "most important issue" for many members.
A Parliamentary panel has asked Google and Paytm to appear before it on October 29 in connection with data protection and security. Facebook and Twitter have also been reportedly asked to depose before the parliamentary panel E-commerce giant Amazon has refused to appear before the Joint Committee of Parliament
A Pak panel has approved govt's bill to seek review of Kulbhushan Jadhav's conviction Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pak military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017 The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan must undertake an "effective review'' of Jadhav's conviction
Amid a prolonged standoff between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh, CDS Bipin Rawat on Friday appeared before a parliamentary panel on defence. While the official agenda for the meeting was listed as 'provision and monitoring of the quality of ration and livery items to the Defence forces, especially in border areas', some members have said they will raise the issue of the Ladakh situation. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence is chaired by BJP leader Jual Oram. Members who attended the meeting on Friday included Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. This is probably the first time Rahul Gandhi is attending this committee's meeting since being nominated to the panel last year after Lok Sabha elections.
According to sources, the Facebook executive denied these allegations, saying the company respects freedom of speech and have a system where rules are followed and action is taken "We remain committed to being an open and transparent platform, and giving people a voice and allowing them to express themselves freely," Facebook said Apart from the Facebook representatives, few others also appeared before the panel, taking the total proceedings to almost three and a half hours