Reliance Jio has told the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that law enforcement agencies should have full access to user data, including decryption keys to sensitive and personal data of citizens.
Paytm, the majority Chinese-owned payments firm, in its submission has said that Indian authorities should have absolute and unrestricted access to Indian data, partly echoing the words of Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s brother Ajay, who in a sting video is believed to have said, “We got a direct call from the PMO to share personal data of our users.”
At the time, Paytm responded saying “We will not sell, share or rent your personal information to any third party.” If TRAI takes its submission on board, Paytm won’t need a direct call in the future, in order to share your personal data.
GTPL Hathway, a leading broadband and cable TV provider, recommended that all apps that are providing services in India, and also operating services like Android and iOS, which form the platforms of all smartphones, should be mandatorily registered in India, and be easily accessible, for national security.
These were just some of the troubling notes pointed out by lawyer Mishi Choudhary in an interview with HuffPost India. A technology lawyer and social activist, Choudhary spoke to HuffPost India, about the concerns that these submissions raised, and how technology policy in India has continued to run in circles without real progress.
In November, the regulator sought views on the regulation of OTT apps (Over-The Top apps, which provide content or services apart from those of telcom companies), which is something that had already been brought up during the debate on net neutrality, where TRAI firmly came down on the side of neutrality.―HuffPost India