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TRAI says all stakeholders responsible to protect user data

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has assured its commitment to protect data and define each stakeholder’s responsibility to enable the same. Speaking at ‘i-Bharat 2017’, TRAI chairman R S Sharma said that information privacy, security and data ownership need to be defined.

Any decision will be taken only after seeking views and conducting open houses with relevant stakeholders. Several consultation papers are out in the public domain for recommendations and suggestions.

He highlighted the plight of users who weren’t even aware of the long-term consequences of sharing their data and its being misused. In some instances, the privacy policy of a service provider seeks the right to use the data of the customer in any form.

TRAI is expected to release its views on net neutrality soon but added that it calls for access to internet content without discrimination in data speed or cost. 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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