11 Aug India’s TRAI Publishes Consultation Paper for Users’ Data Protection
New Delhi — Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a consultation paper on Wednesday that reiterated main data security issues involving telcos and data services.
The article titled ‘Privacy, Security, and Ownership of the Data in the Telecom Sector’ discussed data protection as the citizens’ capability to know and control how their information is collected and used.
The inquiry aims to understand if there are equal standards that can be imposed to carriers, including online messaging and voice services.
However, telecom companies argued that data collection and consent is not part of TRAI’s investigation, as it should be regulated by the ministry of IT. They warned against over-regulation of the fast-changing industry, saying TRAI might impose rules that may easily be outdated.
TRAI will hold a telco data protection assessment on September 8, with counter-responses on September 22. It will be followed by an open discussion to finalize regulatory implementations.
Source: The Economic Times