NEW DELHI: In order to maintain the access to uninterrupted Internet without any discrimination for speeds and other features, the government has approved the rules of net neutrality. Now, provision for stringent penalties for any kind of discrimination in terms of violation of rules or the convenience of the Internet has been announced. Any mobile operator, Internet service provider or social media company will not be able to give priority to any particular or preferred website in terms of internet speed.
Telecommunication Commission on Wednesday approved the rules of net neutrality suggested by regulatory body Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Under this, except for some applications, service providers will not be allowed to provide more internet speed to any institution specific for the rest of the services.
Telecommunication Secretary Aruna Sundarajan said, “The Commission has approved the Net Nutrality recommended by TRAI, but only certain important services will be excluded from its scope. The Commission has also approved National Digital Communication Policy-2012, known as the new telecom policy. Now it will be sent to the cabinet for the approval from government’
In its recommendations issued in November last year, TRAI had banned service providers to make such agreements, which are discriminated against on the Internet, but for some services using Internet Protocol instead of the public Internet, the ban was exempted. At that time, TRAI President RS Sharma had said, “There are some services where quality of service is very important. This is the reason why they are excluded from the net neutrality. These include remote surgery, autonomous vehicles and enterprise-wired networks prepared through lease lines.’
Sundarajan said, “Everyone present in today’s meeting believed that India has more important digital infrastructure than physical infrastructure. Chief Executive Officer of the Policy Commission, Amitabh Kant said that we have to make sure to make digital infrastructure at the district level as soon as possible.
According to him, there should be a necessary policy in India for ‘Ease of Doing Business’. Under the new rules, virtual network operators (VNO) providing retail service to telecom operators are excluded from the double tax scope. An official involved in the meeting said that the Telecom Commission has approved the setting up of 12.5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots in all the village panchayats. For this, the amount of rupees six thousand crore will be given as compensation for the loss.
Rs 4 crore fine on Facebook
London [AFP] Due to not keeping the user’s data secure, the UK’s data regulator decided to impose a fine of five million pounds (about Rs 4 crore 55 lakh) on the social media site ‘Facebook’. In the investigation, it has been found that during the referendum of the European Union in 2016, the user’s data on Facebook was misused on both sides. Facebook acknowledged the theft of about 8.7 million user data by British consulting company Cambridge Analytica. This company had campaigned for US President Donald Trump in 2016. However, Cambridge Analycia rejected the allegations.
India has 12 million worth of data
Bengaluru: In the year 2017, the value of a user’s data theft was approximately 11.9 million. This is eight percent more than the year 2016. This has been revealed during a study based on the ‘Cast of User Breach’ (the value of user data theft) by an American-based institute for IBM. Significantly, in America and Central Asia, where price is the highest of data theft, the lowest is in Brazil and India.