Trai to seek more powers to regulate data flow

There are many mobile apps, which seek access to a user’s call records, device microphone and picture library, which may not be needed to provide the service.

The telecom regulator is likely to seek more powers, in order to regulate the flow of data from users to app makers.
 
People aware of the matter told ET that Trai might ask for an amendment to the Trai Act or seek government intervention to have control over the data flowing through telecom networks, including that of apps riding on the networks. 
 
Experts, however, say app makers may oppose the move claiming they are regulated under the IT Act.
 
The regulator is working to define personal information, as it finalises recommendations on data ownership, privacy and security that are likely to be released this month.
 
There are many mobile apps, which seek access to a user’s call records, device microphone and picture library, which may not be needed to provide the service.
 
As per the ET report, the recommendations are in the draft stage and there might be further changes before they are released. 
 
“They should come within this month,” another person told ET.
 
The demand for more power by Trai has come at a time when Facebook is accused of leaking data of its users to several firms, including Cambridge Analytica.
 
The company has been under pressure since March after media reports revealed that a researcher sold Facebook user data to Cambridge Analytica, which has been associated with President Donald Trump's campaign.
 
In his testimony before Senate on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially shot down the conspiracy theory that the social network has some way of keeping tabs on its users.
 
Source: Media reports

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