Consumers Own Data: TRAI
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.