“This is a case of Airtel doing something on my device without my knowledge. This is illegal. And how can Airtel justify this wrong by saying others are doing it as well,” explains Sugathan. The intentions of the code, first spotted by Thajesh, is now difficult to investigate with Airtel taking down the source soon after the news broke. While it is obvious that Airtel aimed at monetising this, experts said the script itself attracts spams.
Meanwhile, the Free Software Movement Karnataka on its website said “Airtel can’t devolve itself from this issue as its Israeli vendor, Flash Network, has clearly mentioned in its letter to Thejesh that the code to be injected into subscriber’s browsers was created and owned by Airtel.”