India plans on handing over the reins of data privacy to the telecom industry watchdog
- After the Indian government approved changing the name of the
Telecom Commissionto the Digital Communications Commission, inside sources reveal that it is more than just a namesake.
- The Indian government plans on bringing
data privacyand security under the umbrella of the Telecom Commission as well.
- India’s data consumption, while on telecom networks, in currently looked after by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
In order to address that discrepancy, the Indian government is thinking of switching gears and putting all data related regulations and directives under one umbrella with the Telecom Commission.
But that’s easier said than done. The government would have to widen the scope for the commission as well bring in amendments to include new laws and regulations.
In order to tackle this gargantuan shift, the Indian government’s already put a panel in place to figure out how to bring the various aspects of
A senior official at the commission told the Economic Times that the recent change of the Telecom Commission to the Digital Communication Commission (DCC) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of
It’s about cementing the idea that any policy changes that happen aren’t just from a single ministry, but from the government as a whole. Putting data regulation and security under one commission would streamline the processes that have to follow as well. Especially since 93% of data consumption happens on telecom networks.
Here’s how it’s going to happen
TRAI explains why accountability, autonomy and security are integral for it to be an efficient ‘Data Controller’ in its report, the ‘Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector’.
Laws have to be changed, panels have to set up and experts have to be called in. And, first in line are the implications of the
Scheduled to come back on the table in December once all comments and suggestions have been taken into consideration, the draft bill will give users the right to monitor their consent or withdraw it altogether.
Though the bill was submitted to the
These changes can only be made through an amendment in laws. And, that takes time. There may already be a panel in place, but the Indian government still has a long way to go to not only ensure data privacy for its citizens but simultaneously bring in cybersecurity under the Telecom Commission.