A new study has shown that many Indian banks have failed to comply with the new data protection law and are violating its terms and conditions.
According to the Financial Intelligence Unit, the report shows that only six out of India’s largest banks have agreed to provide free WiFi in their branches for homeless people.
The report has also found that a majority of these banks have no plans to offer free wifi in the future.
The bank that is most often cited as the biggest offender is the State Bank of India (SBI), which only started offering free WiFi to homeless people in April 2017.
The country’s largest bank, HDFC Bank, has already offered free wifi to homeless persons since 2015.
However, this is the first time that HDFC has offered free wi-fi to homeless users.
“SBI has implemented free WiFi only to the homeless.
We are in the process of making the service available to the rest of the homeless population,” said Rakesh Kumar, vice-president, operations, at HDFC.
The Indian government has already given priority to providing free Wi-Fi to the people of Delhi.
The city has made it mandatory for banks to offer this service to all homeless persons by April 1, 2019.
The free WiFi will also help people get home quickly, as it will cut down on the number of days people are stuck in shelters.
In September, the government launched a pilot project for homeless service providers.
As part of the pilot project, HDF Bank and HDFC were invited to provide a free Wi‑Fi service in its branches.
The pilot was designed to see how the free WiFI would affect the homeless and its residents.
The aim of the experiment was to determine how a free service would impact the overall number of people who needed shelter, and how it would impact on the availability of shelter.
The HDFC and HDF branches were allowed to offer the service for a period of one month, but were required to extend the service to two months and six months after the pilot period.
In the first month, the free wi‑fi service was available to homeless residents only.
However in June, the pilot was extended to cover all branches.
“We have not yet completed the two months.
But, the intention is to provide the service continuously for two years,” said Kumar.
A spokesperson for HDFC said the free WiFi was a pilot program, and it was only an experiment.
The company did not have a plan to extend it to the whole branch network.
“It is our hope that the pilot will become a regular feature,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that HDF was the only bank offering free wi‐fi to all the homeless residents.
“In the first year, we were only providing it to a limited number of homeless residents in our branches.
However this year, the banks have expanded their free wifi services to all our branches,” said Amit Kumar, director of public relations, HDFS Bank.
The representative said HDFC is working on implementing the pilot.
The SBI spokesperson also clarified that the bank does not have plans to extend its free wi–fi to the entire network.
However the bank is currently testing free Wi–fi in all its branches and has made plans to expand the free service to the other branches as well.
The banks spokesperson also said that the free access to wi-fasts was part of a pilot.
HDFC’s Kumar said that he does not know what plans the bank has to extend free Wi fi to the network as a whole.
The government had also extended free wi fi to all its homeless residents on June 16, 2020.
The new data security law, which was introduced on June 1, 2020, allows banks to start offering free wifi across their branches and in all their branches.
Banks must also offer the free hotspot to homeless customers within 30 days of the notification.
For a list of banks that have extended free Wi ffi to their homeless residents, see our article on the issue.
The Financial Intelligence unit has also started an app for banks offering free hotspots.
The app, called The Freedom, allows the bank to post a notice in the branch for free wi ffasts, which is then automatically transferred to the person’s mobile number.
A list of the 50 banks offering the free wifi has been made available on the app.