An unprecedented international grand committee comprising 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis.
Out of WhatsApp user base of 1.3 billion people, more than 200 million people are in India -- the single largest market for the popular messaging platform.
Three Paytm employees arrested for stealing data and blackmailing CEO Vijay Shankar Sharma
Three Paytm employees arrested for allegedly stealing data, confidential information and blackmailing owners for Rs 20 crore, says Noida Police.
945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018 out of which over 1 billion data records have been exposed in India, as per the recent findings of the Breach Level Index.
RBI's move comes a day after two US senators called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging to soften India’s stance on data localisation, warning that measures requiring it represent "key trade barriers" between the two nations.
In their letter, US Sentors John Cornyn and Mark Warner — co-chairs of the Senate's India caucus that comprises over 30 senators — urged India to instead adopt a "light touch" regulatory framework that would allow data to flow freely across borders.
The information was notified by Ben Smith, Google Fellow and vice-president of engineering, in a blog post on Monday, in which he noted that the Indian-American headed company could not confirm which users were impacted by the bug.
The latest move comes after the social media firm admitted to the data breach in a blog post last Friday, saying attackers exploited a vulnerability in the website's code in September in a way that could have given them access to people's accounts.
The company says hackers exploited the "View As" feature on the service. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.
It is feared that a significant number of affected users are from India, given the fact the company has the maximum 270 million users in the country.
The draft bill moots seeking "explicit consent" for processing 'sensitive personal information' like religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation and biometric details.
In the letters sent to the companies, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the details of data collection exercise adapted by them.
An Amazon spokesperson in a brief statement said that the company is "conducting a thorough investigation of these claims."
The clarification came after a report from a media outlet stated that the Aadhaar database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over one billion Indians, had been hacked by a software patch which reportedly disables critical security features.
The issue of abuse of social media platforms has been under scanner in India over the last few months and the government has resolved to take tough action to prevent any platform misuse.
The panel, headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, handed the report to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, wrapping up nearly one year of deliberations that touched upon sensitive and controversial issues.
One97 Communications Ltd, which owns the brand Paytm, India's largest digital payments company, never shares any of its user's data with any third party agencies, stakeholders, investors or any foreign entity, it said.