14 Jan 2021

Recently, there has been quite a brouhaha on WhatsApp’s policy changes that are slated to be effective from February 2021. Since WhatsApp is a household name when it comes to important and easy communication for over 200 million Indian subscribers, i.e. approx one-sixth of the Indian population, any modification in their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy would of course be intriguing and have huge ramifications across the country. Hence, policy changes affecting the users should have ideally been introduced after thorough deliberation and winning consumer credence. However, Whatsapp has preferred to impose this document on Indian consumers..>>

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16 Oct 2020

With constant technological innovation and dynamic transformation of related laws happening worldwide, the jurisprudence regarding reliance on evidence in electronic form is also evolving. Judges these days have demonstrated considerable perceptiveness towards the intrinsic ‘electronic’ nature of evidence, which includes insight regarding the admissibility of such evidence, and the interpretation of the law in relation to the manner in which electronic evidence can be brought and filed before the court.>>

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25 Sep 2020

The adoption and penetration of Artificial Intelligence in our lives today does not necessitate any more enunciation or illustration. While the technology is still considered to be in its infancy by many, so profound has been its presence that we do not comprehend our reliance on it unless it is specifically pointed out.  From Siri, Alexa to Amazon and Netflix, there is hardly any sector that has remained untouched by Artificial Intelligence.>>

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28 Jul 2020

The boon and bane of market vis-à-vis consumers has further intensified with the shift of the current generation to e-commerce. The boon has been the ease, economy, and the time efficiency that online trade offers while the bane has been the easy trafficking of counterfeits and threat to customer data. Although efforts are being made by the government to address the issues from a consumer/buyer point of view, not much has been done from a business/seller point of view. One worrying concern for businesses is the constant infringement of their trademarks which is suffering in the lack of necessary legislation or a decisive judicial pronouncement. Most businesses believe that intermediaries must be liable for allowing infringers sell goods on their platform without adequate due diligence, however, liability has not been conclusively attributed in this regard yet.>>

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15 Apr 2020

India is making some major headway towards providing universal health coverage. However, a significant challenge is the limited number of qualified doctors and other healthcare professionals available in our country. Telemedicine is a solution to this limitation as it allows consultation, diagnosis, and treatment by healthcare professionals from remote locations with the help of technology. The requirement of telemedicine was starkly visible during the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown. It significantly helped in reducing hospital visits, waiting period and long travel to and from the hospital. Other benefits of telemedicine include timely and faster access to healthcare services, convenience, cost-saving and adequate documentation of health records. Until recently, there was no legislation or guidelines on how telemedicine could be practiced in India. In view of the current pandemic, the Government of India has timely come up with the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines on 25th March 2020.  This guideline forms a part of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, and is numbered Appendix-5. With this, there is now some legitimacy attached to the service and the guidelines would pave the way for a statutory legislation on the same lines in future.>>

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31 Jul 2019

In this digital era, data has become one of the most valuable assets to own. Elections have been won and international alliances have toppled because of support that could be garnered by utilizing data analytics. While heated debate surrounding data breaches by private entities baffles the world, at home, the Indian Government has monetized from sale of personal data of Individuals, apparently in the pretext of “public purposes”.>>

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07 Sep 2018

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India on 27th August 2018 issued Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for drones announced as Drone Regulations 1.0.  This Requirements would be effective from 1st December 2018.  The purpose of this regulation is to enable safe and commercial usage of civil drones, and is titled “Requirements for operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).  The erstwhile position of the Government by a notice dated 7th October 2014 was that Drones were banned.  Thereafter, draft of the drone Requirements was issued by DGCA on 21/04/2016 and thereafter on 01/11/2017.  With this Civil Aviation Requirements, private and commercial operation of drones are legal with a “No permission, no take off” policy.>>

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09 May 2018

The Department of Telecommunication has released the Draft National Digital Communications Policy[i] (“The Policy”) on the May 1st 2018, and has invited public comments on the same. This policy aims to accomplish objectives such as broadband for all, creating 4 million additional jobs, enhancing contribution to GDP, achieve better ranking in ICT index, provide digital sovereignty and such other goals by 2022.  In pursuit of India’s transition to a digitally empowered economy and society, the policy envisages following three missions:>>

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