TechThisWeek: TikTok receives most takedown requests from India; RBI says 58% of startups will go for IPO in next five years; Use of facial recognition at public gatherings illegal: IFF

TechThisWeek: TikTok receives most takedown requests from India; RBI says 58% of startups will go for IPO in next five years; Use of facial recognition at public gatherings illegal: IFF
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Popular short video platform TikTok released a transparency report this week which showed that it received the maximum number of takedown requests from India in 2019. 

The take down requests were mostly for content deemed to be in violation of local laws, or to provide information related to accounts under certain defined circumstances or emergency request. Requests from the Indian government to remove or restrict content stood at 11, which was the highest across all geographies.

Meanwhile, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has said that the use of facial recognition system (AFRS) for profiling and surveillance at public gatherings is illegal and unconstitutional. 

This week, Moscow-based cybersecurity and anti-virus making firm Kaspersky Lab released a report in which it said that cybercriminals may target online payment processing systems this year. The report mentioned that cybercriminals will focus on attacking investment apps which have gained popularity among users recently.

In a survey conducted by the Reserve Bank of India, around 58% of startups indicated their willingness to get listed on the stock exchange in the next five years. The startups surveyed, which are less than three years old, are in health, software development and information technology consulting sector.  

An article written by Manish Israni, head of IT operations and CIO of Yotta Infrastructure, points out that data centre industry will see a growth with more launches of hyperscale data centres. Their ability to  handle high volume traffic and heavy computing workloads give them an edge. According to Israni, the trend is catching on in India with domestic players like Yotta launching one such data centre.

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