Are You Using Data Of Individuals Collected Through Aarogya Setu Application? Karnataka HC Asks Central Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesAre You Using Data Of Individuals Collected Through Aarogya Setu Application? Karnataka HC Asks Central Govt Mustafa Plumber22 Sep 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to make a statement before the court clarifying whether it is using the data of individuals who have voluntarily downloaded the Aarogya Setu Application. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi said “Since it is an app developed by Government Of India, the first question is whether…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to make a statement before the court clarifying whether it is using the data of individuals who have voluntarily downloaded the Aarogya Setu Application. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi said “Since it is an app developed by Government Of India, the first question is whether data collected is used by the state. If the answer to this question is YES, then under what authority of law and for what purpose is this data being used. This is a very simple thing which we will have to decide while considering interim relief.” The clarification is sought while hearing a petition filed by Anivar A Aravind who has challenged the mandatory use of Aarogya Setu application for accessing public services.   Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, apprised the court about the interim relief sought in the petition. He said “I am pressing for interim reliefs 2 and 3.” The reliefs sought are, not to deny any service to citizens for not installing the Aarogya Setu application. Secondly, an order restraining the respondents during the pendency of this petition from proceeding with the Aarogya Setu App and with the data collected, in any manner, whether the collection of data from members of the public is stated to be voluntary or involuntary. During the hearing, the court asked the petitioners to explain what it meant by seeking to restrain the respondents from proceeding with the app. Gonsalves replied by saying “That is to say the respondents do not process data, transfer data in any manner whether collection of data from the public is either voluntary or involuntary.” He added that “Even if the collection of data is said to be voluntary, but in India it is not really voluntary, the use of that data will not be valid in the absence of a law, to process the data.” Central Government Counsel M N Kumar sought two weeks’ time to file the statement of objections. He submitted that “We (Central Government) have not filed a reply to the entire petition as there were two to three amendments carried out during the course of hearing. We will address all issues raised. According to me, on taking instruction from the departments what I have learnt that prayers are misconceived and do not survive for consideration.” He also submitted that in the counter reply which will be filed by the Central Government all the issues raised by the court will be clearly addressed. The bench observed “As far as prayer 2 is concerned nobody should have any objection. The reason is there is no law which states that use of application is mandatory.” Kumar agreed to it and said a statement has been made to that effect, earlier. The bench allowed the request made by the Central government and directed it to file the statement of objections by October 3 and posted the matter for further hearing on October 5 for considering interim relief. The petition states that the National Directives for COVID Management which mandate the use of the app as mandatory for all employees both public and private violate fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constiution. The Chairperson of the Empowered Group on Technology and data management has issued an order dated May 11, notifying the Aarogya Setu data access and knowledge sharing protocol. According to the petitioner, this is not in the nature of a law and this protocol cannot be an excuse to mandate the use of Aarogya setu app without any enabling law. The app has been collecting excessive data and this goes against the principles of data minimisation and purpose limitation as enshrined in ‘Puttaswamy Judgement’. It is also argued that the Aarogya setu app that was promoted by the government as voluntary has become de-facto mandatory.On June 12, the Centre had told the Court that the use of the app was not mandatory.  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Global real estate investment bounced back in Q4

first_imgMessage* Share via Shortlink (iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Global commercial real estate investment ended 2020 on a strong note, with deal volume rising 84 percent in the final three months of the year following a drastic slowdown early in the pandemic.CRE deals worldwide totaled $290 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to the all-time high of $364 billion in the same quarter of 2019, according to a new report from CBRE. For the full year, global CRE deal volume was down 26 percent from 2019.“The Q4 rebound was significant in all three global regions, as the promise of vaccine deployment and continued economic recovery buoyed investor sentiment,” CBRE analysts wrote. Despite a resurgence of Covid cases in parts of the world, “Q4 performance is grounds for an optimistic outlook for 2021.”The year-end surge was led by the Americas, and the U.S. market in particular, which saw deal volume rise 97 percent quarter-over-quarter to $135 billion, or 47 percent of total global volume.ADVERTISEMENTFor the full year, CRE investment in the U.S. was down 34 percent. In Canada, it was down 29 percent, and in Brazil it fell 15 percent. In Mexico, it plunged 57 percent year-over-year.Multifamily leads the wayMultifamily and industrial properties accounted for 62 percent of deal volume, up from 53 percent in 2019. These asset classes have remained attractive to investors “due to their stable outlooks and proven resilience amid the pandemic uncertainty,” CBRE’s report said.For all of 2020, European markets saw the smallest decline in deal volume, at 17 percent. Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands drove a 84 percent quarter-over-quarter surge to end the year, while Denmark, Switzerland and Norway saw more investment activity in 2020 than in 2019.As in the Americas, multifamily and industrial deals gained ground in 2020, accounting for 38 percent of total activity compared to 30 percent a year before.“Looking ahead, recent reintroductions of lockdown measures may weigh on investor sentiment in early 2021,” the report said, while also noting that investors anticipate more distressed sales.Read moreInternational real estate investment tumbles in Q2 with US hardest hitHere’s how much Covid has crushed global RE investment Email Address* TagsCBREInternational real estateInvestment SalesTRD Insightscenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink In the Asia Pacific, investment activity in the fourth quarter of 2020 was nearly equal to that of Q4 2019, demonstrating “the economic benefits of an effective pandemic response,” according to CBRE.India stood out as a major destination for global real estate investment in 2020, with deal volume rising 11 percent year-over-year. Big transactions there included Brookfield’s acquisition of a $2 billion office portfolio and Blackstone’s acquisition of a $1.2 billion retail portfolio in the country.Deal volume in South Korea also rose year-over-year, by 6 percent, while activity in Japan and Taiwan dropped by 2 and 6 percent respectively.CBRE is predicting a 15 to 20 percent increase in global CRE investment volume this year, in light of accommodative monetary policies, additional fiscal stimulus and progress on vaccine deployment around the world.Contact Kevin Sun Full Name*last_img read more

University athletes coach kids

first_imgWhat started out as a simple pick-up flag football game between Notre Dame’s men’s lacrosse seniors and community children last year has now developed into the Irish Experience League. According to Director Kevin Dugan, manager of Youth and Community Programs, the Irish Experience League is a free five-week program for boys and girls in the local community and is led by student athletes and volunteers. “The goal of the Irish Experience League is to use the virtues of the five pillars of Notre Dame athletics ⎯ excellence, education, faith, tradition and community ⎯ to positively influence children,” Dugan said. “These are the key fundamental principles we shape our student-athlete experience around.  We want to impact as many young children as possible with the virtues inherent with these fundamental building blocks of success.” The league was a collaborative event between the Notre Dame Athletics Department and the Alliance for Catholic Education’s (ACE) Play Like A Champion program. Dugan said the league began with 40 participants but doubled to 80 by last week. More than 40 volunteers helped throughout the course of the fall. “Every week we would play flag football for one-and-a-half hours and then go through 30 minutes of Play Like A Champion character building lessons,” Dugan said. “Seeing student-athletes serving alongside fellow students, faculty and staff was powerful. I think their influence helped plant big dreams, goals and aspirations [in] these kids.” Devon Dobson, a senior on the men’s lacrosse team, said he decided to join the program to reach out to the youth community in South Bend. “Through Coach Corrigan and Kevin Dugan, we were able to partake in the program by coaching, officiating and playing in the flag football games each Sunday,” he said. Dobson said the children came to grasp the importance of teamwork, fair play and good character through the Irish Experience League. The program shed light on the resources at Notre Dame and the positive atmosphere the athletes brought to the community, he said. “The boys and girls of the Irish Experience took away the true meaning of ‘Play Like a Champion Today,’ which is the motto of the program,” Dobson said. “They gained a firm understanding in the value of team work and undertook confidence in themselves as individuals to succeed.” Tim Abromaitis, a graduate student on the men’s basketball team, said the best part of the experience for him was the connection he felt with the participants. “A lot of conversation centered around common interest in sports, but getting to hear about school and home life was also interesting and insightful,” he said. The program also brought the Notre Dame and South Bend communities closer through fun experiences, he said. “It was good how the program tied together all these different aspects with playing a sport all the kids love,” Abromaitis said. “I hope they enjoyed playing football with me as much as I did with them, but also learned some life lessons in teamwork, dedication and relationships.” Dugan said participants not only left with a greater sense of what opportunities they could pursue in their future, but also built relationships between the internal and external communities around Notre Dame. In the future, he said he hopes to see the Irish Experience League expand. “We see this league growing to multiple locations around South Bend,” Dugan said. “We see it becoming a hallmark volunteer opportunity for the whole Notre Dame family.”last_img read more

Lost Boys & Altar Boyz Among Hottest Shows Lined Up at 54 Below

first_img LOST BOYS LIVE! 2/10 at 7 & 9:30PM As we learned during Peter Pan Live!, these kids do it all. They leap, they sing, and they look pretty darn cute all the while. Catch Garett Hawe, David and Jacob Guzman, Jason Gotay, Ryan Steele (the cutest, our scientific studies have proven) and more as they share tales, tunes and backstage secrets. Be sure to practice your teacup balancing prior to the event. GET TICKETS EVAN RUGGIERO “The One-Legged Song & Dance Man, Volume 2” – 2/6 at 9:30PM In 2010, Ruggiero—then a musical theatre college student—lost his right leg to a rare form of bone cancer. Eighteen months later and just two days after receiving his “peg-leg,” he was back to tapping up a storm. He returns to 54 Below to perform some Broadway standards and pop favorites along with his talented friends. GET TICKETS DANIELLE HOPE 2/13 at 9:30PM We have a feeling she’s not in London anymore! Danielle Hope made a name for herself across the pond after having won the role of Dorothy Gale in the West End’s The Wizard of Oz on BBC’s Over the Rainbow.  Now, she makes her New York debut with her solo show full of musical theater staples and new material. GET TICKETS THIS WILL BE OUR YEAR With Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus & Krysta Rodriguez – 3/3 at 7 & 9:30PM Hit List is back! Jordan and Mientus, who played songwriting duo Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop on NBC’s Smash, as well as Rodriguez, who played feisty actress Ana, will take the stage to perform the hits that inspired their characters. Expect lots of contemporary musical theater: both from this universe and the Smash one. MORE INFO A VERY BROADWAY VALENTINE’S DAY 2/12 at 9:30 & 11:30PM A couple that belts together stays together. Some of Broadway’s hottest IRL couples will take the stage for a night of musical theater-style romance. Join Wicked vlogger Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey, On the Town’s Alysha Umphress and Cody Williams, Taylor Trensch and Max Crumm and more for what promises to be the perfect V-day precursor. GET TICKETS ALTAR BOYZ REUNION CONCERT 3/1 at 9:30 & 11:30PM The Altar Boyz are back, and they’re ready to rock your Body, Mind and Soul (again). On the tenth anniversary of the tuner’s off-Broadway opening, original stars Andy Karl, David Josefsberg, Ryan Duncan and Tyler Maynard will join forces with several fellow alums, as well as the show’s creators: Gary Adler, Kevin Del Aguila and Michael Patrick Walker. GET TICKETS  THE CAST OF SIDE SHOW “Bonus Tracks” – 3/9 at 7 & 9:30PM They did say they’d never leave us! Erin Davie and Emily Padgett (no longer attached at the hip), Ryan Silverman, Matthew Hydzik, David St. Louis and more will reunite with creators Bill Russell and Henry Krieger to perform their favorite numbers, including cut songs and material that won’t be heard on the upcoming cast recording. GET TICKETS There is a very real epidemic of Seasonal Affective Disorder in New York right now. Broadway shows are closing left and right. The sidewalks aren’t so much sidewalks anymore as they are stretches of slush. But if any place can help us remember the good times, it’s 54 Below. Broadway’s hottest supper club has plenty of exciting sets lined up this winter. Here are just some—including a few one-night-only cast reunions of your favorite shows of stage and screen. View Commentslast_img read more

Countdown to International Soca Awards

first_imgThe countdown is on to the 15th annual International Soca Awards, set for the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Re, Pigeon Island Gros Islet, St. Lucia on July 10th.Artists will compete in fifteen categories while there will be live performances at the event as well as a red-carpet pre-show, showcasing Soca, Calypso, Steel Pan, Soca Chutney, Dennery segment music and mas. Top soca artists nominated include Machel Montano, Iwer George, Problem Child, Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts, Kes, Faye Ann Lyons, Terry Gajraj, Ravi B, Rikki Jai and Terri Lyons among others.  To cast a vote in the competition, visit the website at