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Wednesday, January 20 2021


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This approach has the potential to infringe on core values of data privacy, user choice and autonomy of Indian users. Given the huge user base of WhatsApp and Facebook in India, the consolidation of this sensitive information also exposes a very large segment of Indian citizens to greater information security risk and vulnerabilities creating a potential honeypot of information.

That’s from a letter written by the Information Technology ministry to WhatsApp’s Global CEO Will Cathcart asking the company to “withdraw” its proposed changes to its privacy policy.  The letter also listed 14 questions demanding clarifications on WhatsApp’s data collection practices.

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What a Gabba-licious day!

The TLDR: Yesterday, India won the fourth test match against Australia in Brisbane—clinching a 2-1 series win. The victory of a bruised and depleted team came as sweet relief in the midst of pandemic worries. And for addicts of the adrenaline rush of the T20 format, it was a reminder why the five-day test match remains the prince of cricket formats. So here’s a quick victory romp through this sweetest win (with the valuable assistance of splainer subscriber Ravi Kant who sent us tons of great links)

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