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Daily News Podcast: People should have rights over their data, says Trai

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Changes in visa rules to have serious adverse consequences on US economy: Nasscom
 
Indian IT body Nasscom has said the recent work visa-related changes announced by the US will have "potentially serious adverse consequences" on the American economy as it will make it more difficult for companies to employ skilled foreign nationals to fill critical skills gaps in the US. One of the changes, which come into effect on September 11, allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).
 
People should have rights over their data; firms mere custodians: Trai  

Trai has said firms collecting user data don't have a right over it and emphasised that consumers' consent should be mandatory and they should also be given the 'Right to be Forgotten'. Terming the existing data protection framework as inadequate, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) recommended to DoT that companies should not use meta-data to identify users and should disclose any data breaches. It said entities controlling and processing user data are "mere custodians" and all of them should be brought under a data protection framework.
 
Jaypee ready to sell cement business to refund homebuyers

Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) pleaded before the Supreme Court on Monday that the company would deposit another Rs 600 crore to refund homebuyers if it was allowed to dispose of its identified assets, which included a cement plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, counsel for JAL, informed a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the Noida-based real estate company has already deposited Rs 750 crore with the Supreme Court's registry and it would pay another Rs 600 crore in seven instalments for paying the principal amount to the homebuyers.

ICICI Bank decides to postpone AGM by a month

 
ICICI Bank has decided to postpone its annual general meeting (AGM) by a month amidst independent enquiry on alleged cases of impropriety against the bank's CEO Chanda Kochhar. The meeting has been rescheduled to September 12. Meanwhile, Kochhar has gone on leave till the completion of an external enquiry into alleged conflict of interest in extending loans to some corporates like Videocon. Kochhar and her family members are facing allegations of quid pro quo and conflict of interest with respect to a loan extended to certain entities, including the Videocon group. Multiple agencies, including the CBI and regulator Sebi, are already probing the alleged lapses involving Kochhar and her family members.
 
SBI tells its 70,000 employees to return 'compensation' paid for working overtime during note ban

More than 70,000 employees of associate banks of the State Bank of India are angry. Banking staff worked overtime post-demonetisation to meet the demands of long queues of people waiting to exchange old notes with the new ones. The bank staff had been promised "overtime compensation" by the employer banks for the "extra hours" they worked post-demonetisation. The 70,000 officers and employees of banks like State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur - these all merged with the SBI on April 1, 2017 - got the compensation but now they are being asked to "return the compensation for extra work".
 
IMF warns of rising risks to global growth amid trade tensions  

The global economy is still expected to grow at a solid pace this year, but worsening trade confrontations pose serious risks to the outlook, the International Monetary Fund has said. The IMF's updated World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast global growth of 3.9 per cent this year and next, despite sharp downgrades to estimates for Germany, France and Japan. The US economy is still seen growing by 2.9 per cent this year, and the estimate for China remains 6.6 per cent, with little impact expected near term from the tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in exports the countries have imposed on each other so far.