The regulatory also added that users should be given the choice to protect their privacy while issuing a number of recommendation regarding privacy, security, and ownership of data in telecom networks . As pointed out in the report, the recommendation went on to state, the right to choice, notice, consent, data portability, and right to be forgotten should be conferred upon the telecommunication consumers. According to the report, TRAI pointed out that telecom companies need to make the consent mechanism user-friendly and transparent so that it is easier for users to take decisions after a sufficient amount of choices are presented to the user. Also Read - Vi prepaid recharge plans July 2021: List of all Vi recharge plans under Rs 500 with benefits, validity
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In addition to that, TRAI suggested that all digital websites including telecom operators should clearly disclose information about the privacy breaches on their websites including the actions that the company or the organization has taken to mitigate the breach or security vulnerability so that the breaches are not repeated in the future. As pointed by the report, this comes months after a parliamentary standing committee suggested that the government should come with a legislation for data privacy.
TRAI also added that government of India should put in place a redressal mechanism to telecom customers about issues related to privacy, data ownership, and protection. This is a good move on the part of TRAI as the country progressively moves to digital infrastructure for the most basic of needs. As the number of users using digital services to store their personal data online increases, the organizations, and websites progressively become more attractive targets for cybercriminals.
These recommendations will ensure that in the case of a cyber attack, companies that are responsible for safekeeping the data are held liable. It also makes it clear that the companies can t sell user data for their own profit.