In February 2016, India became one of few countries to prohibit internet service provider's from "zero-rating” - or charging differently (for data) depending on what content the user is accessing. The law was preceded by a frenzied public campaign, overwhelming online conversation, front-page headlines and eventually even saw public demonstrations. For a technology policy issue, this was unusual.
We are in the midst of another policy process on net-neutrality - this time on speeds and access, rather than prices.
Momentum around privacy, particularly informational privacy, is growing in India. In a recent landmark case, a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court affirmed the right to privacy, and set a strict standard against which all privacy violations will be tested.
A Committee has been constituted to make recommendations towards a comprehensive data protection law for India.
“How does the personalisation of news affect users trust in the integrity of editorial content, and their ability to distinguish editorial content from advertising?
Is the collection of personal data relating to users’ reading behaviour lawful in all cases, and can readers still exercise their right to freely receive information and ideas?
Can we envision a new public role for the media in which they actively serve news users with diverse and important content?”
Watch this space for updates.