Con­sumers Own Data: TRAI

India Business Journal - - POLICY -

The Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (TRAI) has said that com­pa­nies col­lect­ing user data don't have a right over it. The tele­com reg­u­la­tor has, on the other hand, em­pha­sised that con­sumers' con­sent should be manda­tory, and they should also be given the "right to be for­got­ten".

Terming the ex­ist­ing data pro­tec­tion frame­work as in­ad­e­quate, the TRAI has said that tele­com com­pa­nies should not use meta-data to iden­tify users and should dis­close any data breaches. Stat­ing that each user owns his or her per­sonal data and in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted to any en­tity, the TRAI has said that en­ti­ties con­trol­ling and pro­cess­ing user data are "mere cus­to­di­ans" and all of them should be brought un­der a data pro­tec­tion frame­work.

In its rec­om­men­da­tion to the De­part­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, the TRAI has stressed that users should be granted the right to choice, con­sent and to be for­got­ten to safe­guard pri­vacy. It has suggested that all en­ti­ties in the dig­i­tal ecosys­tem should be brought un­der a data pro­tec­tion frame­work to guard against the mis­use of per­sonal data of tele­com con­sumers.

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