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We have a responsibility to protect your data: Apple's Tim Cook
San Francisco : Apple CEO Tim Cook, referring to the ongoing battle with the US government over encryption to unlock an iPhone used by an attacker in a mass shooting in San Bernadino last year, on Monday reiterated the company's commitment to protect its users' data and privacy.
 
Addressing a packed auditorium at its Cupertino, California-based headquarters, Cook said: "We have a responsibility to help you protect your data and your privacy. We will not shrink from this responsibility."
 
"We built the iPhone for you, our customers, and for many of us it is a deeply personal device," he told the gathering during a special launch event.
 
The company also revealed that it fully runs on renewable energy in 23 countries.
 
According to the Guardian live coverage, Apple has built a machine called Liam that can deconstruct an iPhone into its components to recover high quality materials and reintroduce them into the supply chain.
 
"For example, the silver from the motherboard can be used in solar panels. Eventually, Apple wants to recycle the parts into new iPhones," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, at the event.
 
"Take your old product into an Apple store or visit its website and post it to the company," she added.
 
The company was set to unveil a new range of products - including a smaller and cheaper 4-inch iPhone SE as reported by the media - during the event.
 
The announcement is aimed at making further inroads into the emerging markets like India -- that has a huge smartphone base of 160 million plus users and is likely to surpass the US smartphone user base in a couple of years -- and China.
 
The iPhone SE is reported to be a replacement for the iPhone 5s series. Leaked photos suggest that the device will be similar to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
 
According to media reports, Apple was also set to unveil a new iPad Pro with features like detachable keyboard and stylus specially designed for business use.
 
"Apple routinely schedules product events in March and September, so the juxtaposition of a product premiere on Monday to a high-profile court date is coincidental," a USA Today report said.
 
Apple is expected to appear in a federal court in California on March 22 to fight the order and has accused the US Department of Justice of trying to "smear" the company with "desperate" and "unsubstantiated" claims.
 
The US government has been fighting Apple over access to information on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, Rizwan Farook, in December. Apple says the demands violate the company's rights and has argued that the government is asking for a "back door" that could be exploited by the government and criminals.
 
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Misleading ads: Consumer affairs department, industry bodies to team up
New Delhi : To protect the rights of consumers against misleading advertisements, fake and counterfeit products, the consumer affairs department will enter into a partnership with industry associations.
 
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed on Tuesday in the presence of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, official sources said on Monday.
 
Industry associations Assocham, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry will enter into a partnership on consumer advocacy, sources said.
 
The MoU will broadly cover the collaborative programmes on developing and implementing a self-regulated code of fair business practices, establishing a consumer affairs division within the industry body.
 
The move will ensure partnering with the the National Consumer Helpline and state consumer helplines for grievance redressal among other things.
 
A Joint Working Group will monitor the implementation of agenda, sources said.
 
The consumer affairs department will also celebrate the World Consumer Rights Day 2016 on Tuesday.
 
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Prabhu Krishnamachari

1 year ago

What about large corporates like Mahindra not owning up to defective vehicles / products. They do this in India but won't dare do it in developed countries or Middle East where the laws are very tough especially related to customer safety.

Here in India, M&M can without any fear state that their XUV is not defective even though it visited their workshop 17 times (without being in any accident) for correcting various issues & replacing critical parts like turbo charger, steering block, others and then the brakes of the XUV fail completely & suddenly without warning putting it's occupants at grave risk of life. Luckily due to being at only 20 kmph the occupants survived without any injury or worse.

Now Mahindra refuses to acknowledge that their vehicle is not defective and wants the customer to use the same vehicle.

ED attaches Bhujbal's sugar mill, land in Nashik
Mumbai : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached a sugar mill and 290 acres of land in Nashik worth Rs.55 crore in connection with the money laundering cases filed against NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, his family and others, official sources said here.
 
The provisional attachment orders for the two properties -- Girna Sugar Mill and an adjacent plot in a prime area in Nashik -- owned by Bhujbals' firm Armstrong Infrastructure, has given an estimated value of around Rs.55 crores.
 
While the mill was bought over by the Bhujbal firm at an allegedly gross undervaluation of Rs.27 crore as part of an auction by the Debts Recovery Tribunal in 2010, it is suspsected that funds generated out of money laundering were used to to buy over these assets.
 
Earlier, the ED had attached movable and immovable assets linked with the Bhujbal family, including land and buildings in Mumbai worth around Rs.280 crore.
 
Bhujbal was arrested last week and is currently in judicial custody till March 31, while his nephew Samir Bhujbal was arrested in February and continues to be in judicial custody now.
 
The arrests followed two FIRs lodged against Bhujbal, son Pankaj, nephew Samir and others in connection with money-laundering cases and probing irregularities in the construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi and Kalina land grabbing cases.
 
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