Monday, March 12, 2012

TRAI Accepted Suggestions Of Perry4Law On Telecom Policy Of India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently suggested the National Telecom Policy 2012 of India. It has suggested many important reforms and changes that if implemented would make the telecom sector safe and secure.

It seems TRAI has considered a wide range of techno legal reforms while suggesting the proposed 2012 policy. Many of the reforms suggested by TRAI are reiteration of the recommendations given by Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB). Nevertheless they are good suggestions that must be implemented by the department of telecommunication (DoT), India.

Some of the suggestions of Perry4Law and PTLB that have been accepted by TRAI pertain to issues like:

(a) Establishing servers in India,

(b) Establishing cloud computing legal framework in India,

(c) Establishment of telecom security in India,

(d) Reconciling privacy rights and law enforcement requirements,

(e) Reconciling privacy rights and national security requirements,

(f) Adoption of lawful interception methods,

(g) Telecom dispute resolution reforms in India,

(h) Crisis management and emergency response services,

(i) Delivery of e-services in a time bound manner,

(j) Digitisation of governmental records,

(k) Establishing cloud computing best practices in India,

(l) Encryption and privacy issues of cloud computing,

(m) Establishing a centralised monitoring system in India, etc.

Clearly, the telecom policy 2012 is moving towards consumer and end user empowerment. The ball is now in the court of DoT and Indian government and let us see how they would react to the suggestions of Perry4Law and TRAI.