India’s telcos are stepping up efforts to fight a spate of privacy breaches, including a breach last year of the identities of over 1.4 million subscribers.
The telecoms regulator, the Communications Technology Authority of India, has also begun a probe into a series of breaches that affected more than 1.3 million people, and more than 4 million of them were affected by a major data breach in the summer of 2018.
The telcos have now announced plans to develop a data security framework for all their customers.
According to a report in the Times of London, the telcos and the telecom regulator have teamed up to develop the Data Security Framework, a set of guidelines for protecting personal information.
The guidelines include a requirement for companies to provide the data of all their subscribers, and also a requirement to report any breaches to the government within 24 hours of discovery.
The telcos will also have to develop data security measures to protect their customers’ privacy.
In India, consumer privacy is one of the top concerns among consumers.
In India, more than 20% of the population is said to be “digital natives”, with many of them using the Internet.