August was a busy month for privacy in India. A 9-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court unanimously upheld privacy as a Fundamental Right for Indians. Meanwhile a government directive asked smartphone makers to share how they ensured mobile data safety. Caught in the cross-hairs is a technology company that has internally debated for long that “India should not have a privacy bill”. Yes, Facebook is watching the privacy debate unfold with some trepidation.
With three battles shaping up, Facebook beefs up its policy play
Three policy battles are looming ahead for Facebook: privacy, connectivity, and data localisation. Its roster of people to manage these challenges is expanding too
Since its setback in the net neutrality debate, Facebook has been quietly ramping up its public policy activities in India
Facebook has been looking to staff its team with what many believe is the “civil society” in tech policy
Facebook is serious about privacy: It recently hired a specialist in privacy law, while also forging legislative relationships with members of parliament
It has ambitions in telecom: it is involved in an open-source hardware project involving V-Band 60 gigahertz technology