Facebook, Twitter Offer No Special Deal For Govt

Facebook, Twitter Offer No Special Deal For Govt

The government has told the Delhi High Court that its media wing and IT departments are using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter by entering into standard agreements and not any formal or separate deals.

The government has submitted before the high court that the agreements are “accepted” in ‘click and wrap’ mode wherein assent to the terms and conditions is given by clicking on an ‘OK’ or ‘agree’ button on a dialog box or pop-up window.

The submission has been made by Department of Electronics and Information Technology in an affidavit in which it has stated that the media wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms of social media for information dissemination.

“… The standard agreements for use of social media have been accepted in ‘click and wrap’ mode and no other formal or separate agreement was signed as a part of account creating process,” the department has said, while also placing before the court the current terms of service and privacy policy of YouTube.

The government had earlier placed before the court the standard agreement that it has with Facebook. The department said it too uses social media in the same manner as MHA’s media wing by agreeing to the terms and conditions in ‘click and wrap’ mode.

The affidavit has been filed in response to the court’s directions to place before it the contracts or agreements the government has with social media sites. The court had asked for the information while hearing a PIL by filed by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya who has raised questions on social media usage by the government.

Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for Govindacharya, had earlier told the court that as per contracts the government has with these companies, it is “transferring/surrendering” all intellectual property rights of the data being uploaded.

Earlier, the court had observed it appeared that when anything was uploaded on social media sites, the websites got a licence to the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the content without paying any royalty and had asked the Center whether it was aware of this.

The court had also observed that when the government gives royalty-free licence to Facebook without anything in return, “it was akin to (giving) state largesse”. 

Related Technologies
Hyderabad Airport Implements E-boarding
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here has become the first in India to successfully implement as a pilot project an end-to-end e-boarding process. The civil aviation ministry selected the RGIA ...
Read this technology
PayPal Boosts Maternity Leave, Sick Time For US Employees
Electronic payment company PayPal Holdings Inc said on Thursday it will increase its paid maternity and sick leave programs and offer time off for US employees to volunteer and care ...
Read this technology
Apple’s Slowing Growth Worries Investors
Has the "curse of the Dow" finally caught up with Apple? Shares of the iPhone maker have been in a rut since posting disappointing quarterly results in late June, falling to ...
Read this technology
Infosys Bags Rs 1,320-Crore Contract To Build GST Network
IT major Infosys has bagged a Rs 1,320-crore contract to build GST network system, which will be used for the roll out of proposed Goods and Services Tax in the ...
Read this technology
GE To Sell Appliance Business To Haier For $5.4 Billion
General Electric Co agreed to sell its century old appliance business to China's Qingdao Haier Co Ltd for $5.4 billion in cash, a month after abandoning a deal with Sweden's ...
Read this technology
Indian E-commerce Is Going Offline To Reach More Customers
Many e-commerce players have started foraying into physical retail space and the trend is going to become more prominent in future as it provides an opportunity to reinforce the online ...
Read this technology
Flipkart, Microsoft Announce Cloud Partnership In India
Leading e-commerce giant Flipkart on Monday announced a strategic partnership with global software major Microsoft to use its Azure cloud platform to provide consumers in India with the best online ...
Read this technology
Facebook Brazil VP Jailed For Not Giving Access To WhatsApp Data
Brazilian police arrested a senior Facebook Inc executive on Tuesday as a dispute escalated over a court's demand that the company provide data from its WhatsApp messaging service to help ...
Read this technology
Hyderabad Airport Implements E-boarding
PayPal Boosts Maternity Leave, Sick Time For US Employees
Apple’s Slowing Growth Worries Investors
Infosys Bags Rs 1,320-Crore Contract To Build GST Network
GE To Sell Appliance Business To Haier For $5.4 Billion
Indian E-commerce Is Going Offline To Reach More Customers
Flipkart, Microsoft Announce Cloud Partnership In India
Facebook Brazil VP Jailed For Not Giving Access To WhatsApp

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Note: Please do not post any URLs, it will not publish