Trai to Release Recommendations on Data Privacy by January 2018

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has confirmed to release its recommendations on data privacy, security, and ownership by January 2018. As per a top official of Trai, the regulator is also very close to finalising suggestions for the controversial net neutrality. Net Neutrality has become a serious concern of late with Indian telecom operators going against the campaign, which has become a worry for Trai.


"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 finalised by December-January,” Trai’s chairman RS Sharma replied to a question asked on the timeline for issuance of the recommendations. This news is reported by Press Trust of India (PTI).

At a FICCI event on Thursday, RS Sharma also raised his voice for larger privacy laws in India, thus by saying Trai’s recommendations may be sent the Justice Srikrishna Committee set up by the Centre.

Sharma also confirmed that many consultation papers related to net neutrality and data privacy are at the final stage, citing that the recommendations on guidelines will be issued by very soon, possibly by January 2018.

“Sharma let out that many consultation papers, including those of net neutrality, are at the final stage and the recommendations will be issued very soon,” added the PTI report.

He also admitted that a clarity of data ownership and privacy will allow many startups in developing new applications in the country itself. At the moment, several countries are unable to develop new applications because of the monopoly on controlling data of consumers.

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