Tech giant Apple has approached the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for more consultation on inclusion of the regulator’s Do Not Disturb (DND) application in its App Store.
On the issue of data privacy and mobile phones, Trai chairman RS Sharma had told FE, “We need to decide who is the owner of the data. Also, can the custodian of this data stop the owner from sharing his or her data with others? The main point which we want to discuss is the ownership of data and who has the final right on a user’s data?”
A senior government official, who has handled cyber security and privacy issues, said the app is just to track spam calls and messages and its but natural that it would seek access to a person’s call records and SMSs. “If users do no have problems sharing this information, then why should Apple worry? It is a small issue, which has been made to look as a serious thing. The government has time and again said that data is sacrosanct and it will ensure that there are no leaks,” he explained.