TRAI to come out with recommendations on data privacy by January

Digital consent and blockchain were emerging trends and suggested that there should be a provision for data portability as well.

By Priyanka
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to come out with recommendations on data privacy, security, and ownership by January.

TRAI to come out with recommendations on  data privacy by January

 

"Currently, there is a huge amount of monopoly and that monopoly is becoming bigger and bigger. We are saying you can use my data because we are using your application, but give us too so that we can use it for other purposes too... This should be finalized by December-January," Trai Chairman R S Sharma said.

He said, information privacy, security and data ownership, needed to be defined.

He added that TRAI followed the process of consultations and formulated policies or issued any mandate. Only after seeking views and conducting open houses with industry and relevant stakeholders, TRAI would finalize any policy going forward as well.

Addressing the issue of data ownership, Sharma said that there was asymmetry of information. In most of the cases, the users were not even aware of the long-term consequences of sharing data and how it could be misused. There was also the issue of bounded rationality and instances have come to light where the privacy policy of a service provider seeks the right to use the data of the customer in any form.

Speaking on net neutrality, Sharma said that net neutrality calls for access to internet content without any discrimination in data speed and cost and TRAI will come out with its views on net neutrality very soon. He added that digital consent and blockchain were emerging trends and suggested that there should be a provision for data portability as well.

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