Understanding ‘Network Effect’

Abhishek Tripathy, 4th year law student, Nirma University

Network effect can be defined as a consumer’s effect from using a good or service on the total perceived value of that product or service for others. The number of users/consumers who use a product or service is directly proportional to the value of the network. Let’s take the example of an online messenger, suppose X no. of people join the messenger, it will attract Y no. of people who are not on the platform but want to access X through the services provided by the messenger. The e-commerce scenario in India is majorly a two-sided market, wherein there is a user network, a seller network and they both are connected through an intermediary.

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Tracking the Data Protection Regime in India

Abhishek Tripathy, a 4th year student at the Institute of Law, Nirma University

Introduction

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 as introduced in Lok Sabha has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the Houses, under the Chairperson of Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi for further evaluation. It has to be noted that this bill is not the same as the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 which was made public by the Srikrishna Committee last year. The bill which is most likely to be placed in the winter session is expected to have certain changes especially with regards to the data localization norms. The bill will mark the way for a new data protection regime in India.

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