Consumer
Packaged Commodities Have To Display Products' Info More Prominently
Now in all the packaged commodities six mandatory information shall have to be displayed more prominently atleast at the 40 percent area of the packet, except top and bottom, so that these are easily readable by consumers. Packaged commodities rules have been amended by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution for this purpose. Chairing the meeting of Bureau of Indian Standards at Mussoorie, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan directed the officials of his Ministry to ensure enforcement of the amended rule from July this year positively. According to the amendment, name of manufacture/packager/ importer, net quantity of product, manufacturing date, retail sale price and consumer care contacts shall have to be displayed in a panel of 40% of the area of the packet in readable font size. Monitoring cell will be setup to ensure strict compliance of new provision. Paswan said his Ministry is setting up quick response system to attend consumer complaints, existing National Consumer Helpline is being geared up for this purpose and now a senior level officer will monitor the disposal of complaints on daily basis. Paswan expressed the hope that Consumer Protection Act, which has many unique features to safeguard interests of consumers, will be passed by the Parliament in the second part of the budget session.
Reviewing the working of BIS during the Governing body meeting, the Minister asked the Bureau to formulate rules to ensure early implementation of new BIS Act so that culture of quality goods and services can be ushered in the country. He further mentioned that BIS has taken various initiatives under 'Make in India' for standard formulation which includes items relating to renewable energy, bio-fuel, auto components, electric machinery and construction etc. BIS is also contribution to 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' by formulating new standards on solid and plastic wastes management, water and waste water supply management. He also stated that he was happy to note that the time taken for granting of registration has been reduced to half i.e 20 days. In about 95 percent of the cases, BIS is able to formulate standards within specified time norms, as indicated in Citizen Charter.
WhatsApp Messenger gets Major Privacy Upgrade
WhatsApp, used by approximately 1 billion people worldwide, announced end-to-encryption throughout its network, for all types of messages shared within its app. With end-to-end encryption, even the company itself cannot view the contents of your communications. All the bits sent from one WhatsApp user to another are scrambled in a way that cannot be unscrambled by anyone except the sender and the recipient. This upgrade does not require you to update the app itself (in fact, no new version of WhatsApp has come out in several days). It takes place on the server side. So as long as there is a version of WhatsApp that's compatible with your device, you will benefit from this change whenever you use the app, and your messages are encrypted whether your network is Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, or Ethernet. WhatApp's blog does not mention Apple or the FBI by name, instead saying, "Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement. While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people's information to abuse from cyber criminals, hackers, and rogue states." CEO Jan Koum adds, "The desire to protect people's private communication is one of the core beliefs we have at WhatsApp, and for me, it's personal. I grew up in the USSR during communist rule, and the fact that people couldn't speak freely is one of the reasons my family moved to the United States." WhatsApp is not the only messaging app to receive end-to-end encryption. For example, Signal Private Messenger has had that security feature from the beginning.