ADIF update: Tell us how the Data Protection Bill will impact your business, App Store regulation is critical for start-up ecosystem's growth, and more.
ADIF’s work and latest activities
Have concerns about the impact of the Data Protection Bill on your business? Tell us in this quick survey. The upcoming Data Protection Bill is likely to significantly change the way data is collected and processed in India. It will impact businesses not only from a data privacy and protection perspective, but also from an operations perspective.
ADIF has collaborated with The Quantum Hub (TQH) for a study to understand the concerns of the startup community about the likely impact of the Bill. We will use the learnings from this exercise in our representations to the government.
To understand the key proposals currently under consideration by the government, please see a short explainer on the Data Protection Bill here.
The survey is very brief and will take about 3 minutes to complete.
You can take the survey here.
Legislation for in-app purchases is extremely critical for growing the start-up ecosystem in India. This was the key point of discussion during the joint roundtable by ADIF and the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) with industry experts on 'Regulating App Stores in India.' The panel was of the opinion that the lack of competition in the market as well as the app stores’ practice of bundling of services like app review, content moderation and transaction processing, makes it difficult to determine the ‘fair’ charges for these services.
Additionally, app store policies that prevent the developer from offering alternative payment systems (also known as anti-steering policies) were noted as being anti-competitive as they reduced developer choice and prevented the developer from using payment systems that offer better services/ terms of engagement.
You can read a discussion summary of the roundtable here.
A study on mobile application ecosystem in India. As you must be aware, we at ADIF have taken a strong stand against anti-competitive and restrictive policies by the gatekeepers of the app economy. These unfair policies and gatekeeper taxes could deplete the ability of a large number of Indian digital startups/companies to innovate and grow.
To assess the impact of policies of Big Tech on the digital goods/services companies, Alvarez and Marsal (a global Consulting Firm) (A&M) is carrying out an independent study regarding the mobile application ecosystem in India. We believe that the topics being covered by A&M are extremely relevant and important for all digital goods companies in India.
You can participate in the survey here.
Welcome our newest alliance members
ADIF’s alliance is now 486-members strong and we are eager to have each and everyone who is vested in the success of the Indian startup ecosystem as a part of our alliance.
Find out more about our newest members here.
We have started a weekly column to keep you updated about all things policy in the Indus Valley Ecosystem and beyond. This week, we’ve covered data protection, Big Tech’s data localisation row, and cryptocurrency.
Read the full column here.
Latest from our blog
Why the draft e-commerce rules need a rethink. Organisations speaking for small businesses as well as those on the side of consumers have asked for the rules to be reconsidered, claiming they place too much of a regulatory burden on small businesses on the one hand, while also depriving the consumer of choice.
Read the full blog post here.
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