It looks that the issue of data security, privacy and ownership by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India more seriously. On the Privacy, Security and Ownership of the data in the Telecom Sector, the authority has released a consultation paper.
TRAI issues Consultation paper on Privacy and Ownership:
This move might have because of a recent disagreement TRAI and Apple. The primary question is of ownership of data and who has the ultimate right to a user data, TRAI chairman, RS Sharma told Economics Times.
The telcos needed to claim some responsibility for a user data, he added. TRAI will then issue recommendations to the Department of Telecommunications that will take a final decision on the implementation as the consultation process comes to a close.
Due to the recent disagreement with Apple, Apple did not allow TRAI Do-Not-Disturb app to have listed on its App Store, TRAI move to push the consultation paper despite discussions going on for nearly a year.
For reducing spam calls and messages, the DND app aims and the app can track calls and messages of a registered user to notify users of possible spam. For the further action, the spam has then reported to network providers.
“Apple can at best be the custodian of data. The ownership should remain and shall stay with the customer who produced the data,” Sharma has told.
The third parties such as app stores could control a mobile user right over their data, Sharma has questioned.