Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2018

NSA snooped on Brazilian President’s phones and email content

The secret documents disclosed by the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden in June have revealed that NSA spied on the content of telephone calls, emails and cellphone messages of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her key aides. The secret document mentions both Brazil and Mexico placing them in a group of nations that are being closely monitored as a “challenge” by the U.S. Headlined “Friends, Enemies, or Problems?”  The list starts with Brazil and Egypt. It shows India at number 3 and concludes with Turkey and Mexico. The document dismantles the NSA’s operation whose goal was “to improve understanding of the methods of communication and the interlocutors of the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and her top aides.”

What may be the impact of these revelations?

The relations between the US and Brazil have already been under stress since it came into light in July that the Americans were conducting electronic surveillance for collecting huge amount of phone and Internet data from the country’s networks. The latest revelation may further harm the ties.


RBI asks banks to consider e-KYC a valid process

In a notification issued by the Reserve Bank of India, banks have been asked to avail the electronic Know Your Customer, e-KYC service, launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI. The notification directed banks to revise their KYC policy by accepting the e-KYC as a valid process for KYC verification under the Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005. As per the notification, the information containing demographic details and photographs made available from UIDAI as a result of e-KYC process may be treated as an ‘Officially Valid Document’ under PML Rules.

What is e-KYC?
The e-KYC service was launched by the UIDAI to help people link their existing records, like ration cards, pension accounts, license and certificates, to their Aadhaar numbers in a safe and easy manner.