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Google’s Antitrust Saga: Pay to Play

­[Anchit Nayyar is a 4th year BBA LLB (Hons) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] Through its order dated 9 November 2020, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) has launched investigations into allegations pertaining to Google abusing the dominance of its Android Operating System (“Android OS”) and the Play Store to give an unfair competitive advantage to its UPI application Google Pay...

Towards a Proportionate Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currencies

[Anshul Semwal is a 5th year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore] On April 6, 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (‘RBI’), a staunch critic of virtual currencies (‘VCs’), issued a circular banning the trade of VCs. The ban was short-lived as, two years later, the Supreme Court quashed the circular on the ground of proportionality in Internet and Mobile...

Data Protection, Privacy and the Law: Is India Ready Yet?

[Ali Waris Rao is an in-house legal counsel at Hindalco Industries Ltd., Aditya Birla Group. The views expressed are personal] The debate surrounding big data, privacy and security in India has gained considerable traction. One may ask how the legal and regulatory framework in India surrounding big data, surveillance, internet of things (IoT – Tech 5.0), cybersecurity and privacy balance...

E-contracts and E-signatures in a Post-Covid Era – Deficiencies in the Current Framework?

[Ayesha Bhattacharya is a graduate of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (Batch of 2019)] As the covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world, the corporate and the commercial factions of business have witnessed major disruptions. Most commercial negotiations rely on execution of documents in physical format and while start-ups and tech enabled businesses...

Recent Antitrust Issues in the US – Learnings for the Indian Competition Regime

[Vanshika Katiyar and Rajat Maloo are 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.] On 29 July 2020, the heads of America’s largest tech giants, namely, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook testified before the United States’ Congress. The members of the antitrust committee of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives...

Call for Papers: NLSIU’s Indian Journal of Law & Technology

[Announcement on behalf of the Indian Journal of Law & Technology] The Indian Journal of Law & Technology (IJLT) is now accepting submissions for Volume 17. Please send in your submissions before October 31, 2020 in order for them to be considered. About the Journal The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is a student-edited, peer-reviewed, completely open access law journal...

Equalization Levy: India’s Experiment with Taxation of the Digital Economy

[Mohit Agarwal and Vibhore Batwara are fourth-year law students from the Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU), Ahmedabad, India] An expanded version of equalization levy (EL) has come into force in India from 1 April 2020. EL found no reference when the Finance Bill was initially introduced in the Parliament in February, nor was there any anticipation or any consultation with the impacted...

Facebook-Jio Deal: Big Data, Competition and Privacy

[Anupriya Dhonchak is a IV year student at the National Law University, Delhi] Facebook recently signed an all cash deal worth ₹ 43,574 crores to acquire a 9.99 percent stake in Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL). It is the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the technology sector in India thus far. The deal brings together Jio, India’s biggest telecom and...

The Dramatic Return of Virtual Currencies to India

[Meenal Maheshwari Shah is the lead transactional counsel of the Essar Group. The post was first published on In-House Community] A virtual currency (VC) is type of digital currency which is a representation of value, issued by private developers and denominated in their own unit of account. The concept of VC covers a wider array of “currencies,” ranging from simple IOUs of issuers (such as...

Blueprint of a Fintech Regulatory Sandbox Law for India

[Shehnaz Ahmed is a Senior Resident Fellow and Krittika Chavaly a Project Fellow for Fintech, both at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a New Delhi based independent think-tank. [This post was originally published on the Oxford Business Law Blog, and can be accessed  here] As technological innovation disrupts the financial sector, regulators across the world continue to explore and experiment with...

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