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
India’s Internet User Base To Cross 50 Crore By 2017: IAMAI
Led by a growth of 27.8 per cent annually in mobile users, the internet user base in the country is likely to reach 503 million by 2017, a report said. The ...
Read this technology
BSNL To Invest Rs 6,000 cr For 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots
State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs.6,000 crore over the next three years to set up some 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, its chairman-cum-managing ...
Read this technology
TMC Slams Government Panel’s Net Neutrality Report
Trinamool Congress has slammed a government panel's report which has proposed regulation of domestic calls made using Internet at par with phone calls, saying the recommendations are "by the telecom ...
Read this technology
Apple Owns 92 Per Cent Of Entire Smartphone Industry’s Earnings
Apple is undoubtedly one of the biggest players in the smartphone industry but despite the relatively lower market share, the company has managed to acquire 92 per cent of the ...
Read this technology
ED Begins Freedom 251, Questions Ringing Bells CEO Mohit Goel
Enforcement Directorate has started a probe into the finances of Ringing Bells, the startup behind the world's cheapest smartphone, aka Freedom 251. The probe that would look into the feasibility of ...
Read this technology
Snapdeal Buys Freecharge.in -Deal Successfully
India’s largest online marketplace, Snapdeal today announced that it has acquired FreeCharge, India’s fastest growing mobile transactions platform. This is one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of the ...
Read this technology
Huawei Eyes 10 Per cent Market Share Through Offline Mobile Business
Following traction to its online sales with Honor brand devices, Chinese telecom major Huawei yesterday said it will strengthen its offline presence and capture 10 per cent share in the ...
Read this technology
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
India’s Internet User Base To Cross 50 Crore By 2017:
BSNL To Invest Rs 6,000 cr For 40,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots
TMC Slams Government Panel’s Net Neutrality Report
Apple Owns 92 Per Cent Of Entire Smartphone Industry’s Earnings
ED Begins Freedom 251, Questions Ringing Bells CEO Mohit Goel
Snapdeal Buys Freecharge.in -Deal Successfully
Huawei Eyes 10 Per cent Market Share Through Offline Mobile
Hyderabad Airport Implements E-boarding

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