TRAI Chairman RS Sharma has said that apps should collect minimal data from people, just as UIDAI does for Aadhaar cards. In an interview to a news channel, Mr Sharma said, some apps are ridiculously collecting more-than-required data and the customers are unaware of what is being done with it.
He said, there is regulatory imbalance because these entities are not following any law and till the government comes up with a broad framework, it is but prudent to apply telecom rules on them.
TRAI had noted that the existing framework of data protection of telecom consumers is “not sufficient” and that all entities in the digital ecosystem which handle personal data should be brought under a data protection framework.
These recommendations are expected to have wide-reaching implications for tech titans like Apple and Facebook as well as apps like Paytm.