As reported earlier, the ambit of the telecom regulator and the Telecom Commission are in the process of being widened. As per officials in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), these changes, which will come through an amendment in laws, underline the fact that consumers access most of their data via mobile phones, and hence the telecom department will need to get involved.
Media sources citing an official said: “We have to realise that subjects such as data privacy and security all flow through the telecom network. In fact, 93% of all such data is consumed on telecom networks, for example ecommerce, etc. Aspects of data privacy etc. should all come under one ambit, and that should be the Digital Commission and the Digital Communications Regulator.”
As reported earlier, the cabinet has recently approved renaming the Telecom Commission to the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) while industry watchdog Trai became Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India.