Articles about Ministry of Electronics and IT

Centre orders VPN companies to collect and store user data

04 May 2022

Technology
Centre orders VPN companies to collect and store user data

The Indian government has asked VPN companies to collect user data and store it for at least five years.

DoT withdraws notification regarding mandatory testing of smartphones, cameras, smartwatches

01 May 2022

Technology
DoT withdraws notification regarding mandatory testing of smartphones, cameras, smartwatches

Amid widespread backlash, the Department of Telecom has decided to withdraw its notification to carry out compulsory testing and certification of consumer electronic products.

India bans 54 more Chinese apps over security concerns

14 Feb 2022

Technology
India bans 54 more Chinese apps over security concerns

The Indian government has decided to ban 54 more Chinese mobile applications that allegedly pose a threat to the country's security, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said on Monday.

Apple iPhone, MacBook users beware! Government warns of new vulnerability

15 Dec 2021

Technology
Apple iPhone, MacBook users beware! Government warns of new vulnerability

The government has issued a "high severity" advisory for those using Apple products such as iPhones, MacBooks, Watches, and Apple TV.

Here's how to update Google Chrome after government's 'cyber-attack' warning

15 Dec 2021

Technology
Here's how to update Google Chrome after government's 'cyber-attack' warning

The Indian government has issued a warning for people who frequently use the Google Chrome browser.

SC notice to states on cases under scrapped Section 66A

02 Aug 2021

India
SC notice to states on cases under scrapped Section 66A

The Supreme Court of India today issued a notice to all states and union territories over the registration of cases under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which it had quashed over six years ago.

Pegasus: IT panel meeting postponed; BJP member demands Tharoor's removal

28 Jul 2021

Politics
Pegasus: IT panel meeting postponed; BJP member demands Tharoor's removal

A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology was put off on Wednesday due to a lack of quorum as panel members from the Bharatiya Janata Party refused to sign attendance.

Centre slams Twitter in Parliament over non-compliance of IT rules

22 Jul 2021

India
Centre slams Twitter in Parliament over non-compliance of IT rules

The Indian government said that Twitter's earlier statement expressing concerns over freedom of expression in India was a tactic to divert attention from its non-compliance with the country's laws at that time.

Government withdraws letter to Apple for compliance with IT Rules

15 Jul 2021

Business
Government withdraws letter to Apple for compliance with IT Rules

The Centre has reportedly withdrawn a letter asking Apple to comply with new IT Rules, specifically about the company's messaging service.

#ITRules: Twitter ends tussle with Centre; appoints Resident Grievance Officer

11 Jul 2021

India
#ITRules: Twitter ends tussle with Centre; appoints Resident Grievance Officer

After much delay, Twitter named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer in compliance with the central government's new IT Rules.

Will appoint grievance officer in 8 weeks, Twitter tells court

08 Jul 2021

India
Will appoint grievance officer in 8 weeks, Twitter tells court

Twitter today informed the Delhi High Court that it needs eight weeks' time to appoint a grievance officer in India, in compliance with the Indian government's new Information Technology rules.

Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who replaces RS Prasad as IT Minister

08 Jul 2021

Politics
Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who replaces RS Prasad as IT Minister

India saw a flurry of resignations from some of the top jobs in the country on Wednesday.

IT Rules law of the land; Twitter must comply: Centre

05 Jul 2021

India
IT Rules law of the land; Twitter must comply: Centre

Twitter needs to "mandatorily" comply with the new IT Rules, which are the "law of the land," the central government told the Delhi High Court.

Facebook moderated 32mn posts in compliance with new intermediary guidelines

03 Jul 2021

Technology
Facebook moderated 32mn posts in compliance with new intermediary guidelines

Shortly after being summoned by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram revealed they took down as many as 32 million posts in compliance with the IT Ministry's new guidelines for social media intermediaries.

Twitter website displays wrong Indian map. Government may take action

28 Jun 2021

India
Twitter website displays wrong Indian map. Government may take action

The Twitter website is carrying a wrong map of India, showing the northernmost union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a separate country.

Twitter's grievance officer quits within weeks amid row with Centre

28 Jun 2021

Business
Twitter's grievance officer quits within weeks amid row with Centre

Twitter's interim grievance officer has reportedly resigned, causing more trouble for the microblogging platform that has been at odds with the Indian government.

Why Twitter temporarily blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's account

25 Jun 2021

India
Why Twitter temporarily blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's account

Triggering a fresh controversy, microblogging platform Twitter on Friday blocked Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad's account allegedly over complaints of violation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Signal isn't in compliance with IT Ministry rules, claim officials

24 Jun 2021

Technology
Signal isn't in compliance with IT Ministry rules, claim officials

Signal, the not-for-profit messaging service that shot to fame amid WhatsApp's privacy policy fiasco, is allegedly not in compliance with the Indian Government's new IT guidelines for social media intermediaries.

'Deliberate defiance': Ravi Shankar Prasad on Twitter losing legal safety

16 Jun 2021

India
'Deliberate defiance': Ravi Shankar Prasad on Twitter losing legal safety

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, today launched an attack on Twitter for failing to comply with the new IT rules yet.

Twitter loses legal shield in India over non-compliance of rules

16 Jun 2021

Business
Twitter loses legal shield in India over non-compliance of rules

Twitter has lost indemnity in India for failing to comply with the new IT rules on time, implying the company no longer enjoys legal protection from prosecution over posts from its users.

Delhi HC slaps Twitter with notice for flouting IT Rules

31 May 2021

Business
Delhi HC slaps Twitter with notice for flouting IT Rules

The Delhi High Court issued a notice to Twitter on Monday for failing to comply to the recently-enforced Information Technology guidelines encompassing social media platforms.

#ITRules: Twitter needs to follow law of land, says Centre

27 May 2021

Business
#ITRules: Twitter needs to follow law of land, says Centre

The central government on Thursday rebuked the microblogging platform Twitter over compliance with the controversial new IT rules.

Government releases rules for social media, OTT platforms; details here

25 Feb 2021

Business
Government releases rules for social media, OTT platforms; details here

The Centre on Thursday released a set of new guidelines to regulate digital content.

Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

16 Feb 2021

Business
Amid Twitter row, Centre to use Koo for quicker updates

The Indian government is reportedly planning to use Twitter rival Koo as its key mode of communication with the public amid a row with the US-based microblogging platform.

Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

12 Feb 2021

India
Twitter extends commitment to 'restructure' India team: Report

Being slammed by the Indian government for not acting against objectionable content, Twitter has committed to restructure its team in India, a report in Indian Express claimed, citing government officials.

'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

11 Feb 2021

Politics
'Work here, but...: RS Prasad talks tough amid Twitter-government row

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday told the tech companies that they are free to work in India only if they follow the Indian Constitution.

Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

10 Feb 2021

India
Government responds to Twitter's 'freedom of expression' blog on Koo

Twitter, pulled up by the Indian government for failing to comply with its orders, on Wednesday released a verbose blog highlighting the measures it took and didn't take in the recent days, only to receive a scathing response from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on Koo, the homegrown alternative of the micro-blogging website.

Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

08 Feb 2021

India
Indian government-Twitter row: All you need to know

In recent days, calls for Twitter to quit India have risen. The microblogging website is facing immense criticism for violating the Indian law by unblocking accounts it had been directed to withhold.

Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

03 Feb 2021

India
Twitter gets government notice for unblocking accounts backing farmers' protest

The central government is reportedly sending a notice to Twitter for reinstating dozens of accounts backing the farmers' protest despite its directive.

IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

22 Jan 2021

Politics
IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

The standing committee of the Parliament on Information Technology grilled officials of Facebook and Twitter at a meeting on Thursday over their views on the prevention of misuse of online platforms.

WhatsApp capitulates: Won't implement controversial privacy policy for 3 months

16 Jan 2021

Technology
WhatsApp capitulates: Won't implement controversial privacy policy for 3 months

With WhatsApp's clarifications being received with skepticism, the chat app has pushed the deadline for accepting its new Terms of Service (ToS) forward by three months.

India begins questioning of owners of banned Chinese apps

16 Jul 2020

Business
India begins questioning of owners of banned Chinese apps

Late last month, India's Information Technology Ministry banned 59 Chinese applications, deeming them "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order".

121 Indians may have been snooped: WhatsApp in September alert

03 Nov 2019

Technology
121 Indians may have been snooped: WhatsApp in September alert

Even as Indian authorities previously claimed that WhatsApp failed to alert them about a privacy breach by Israeli spyware, the Facebook-owned company reportedly issued two notifications in May and September.

No intent to impose blanket ban on messaging-apps: Telecom Secretary

23 Aug 2018

India
No intent to impose blanket ban on messaging-apps: Telecom Secretary

The Telecom Department does not intend to impose a blanket ban on messaging apps and platforms but is seeking technical solutions to curb specific instances of misuse, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

Facebook data breach: CBI initiates preliminary inquiry against Cambridge Analytica

08 Aug 2018

India
Facebook data breach: CBI initiates preliminary inquiry against Cambridge Analytica

The CBI has initiated a preliminary inquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research (GSR) for alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indians from Facebook.

Apple demands India not to hike import-tax on iPhone parts

12 Dec 2017

Business
Apple demands India not to hike import-tax on iPhone parts

In a bid to expand its iPhone-manufacturing in India, Apple has reportedly asked the government not to increase the import taxes on mobile phone components.

Government asks Tech Giants to provide 'desi' email addresses soon

03 Aug 2016

India
Government asks Tech Giants to provide 'desi' email addresses soon

In a meeting held last month, the Electronics and IT Ministry has asked email providers to enable signing up for email addresses in Indian languages, especially Hindi.