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Mention ‘Do not display my id’ if you want your Net Neutrality emails to remain private: TRAI

TRAI had come under sharp criticism when it made email IDs of over 10 lakh people public.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 7, 2015 10:21 pm
TRAI, Net Neutrality, email IDs, TRAI email ID leak, Net Neutrality framework The regulator had come under sharp criticism when it made email ids of over 10 lakh people public along with their response.

After drawing flak for making public email ids of over 10 lakh respondents to net neutrality paper, telecom regulator TRAI said it will not display IDs if anyone specifically state so in their counter comments.

A day before the deadline for counter comments to expire, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today said “all stakeholders are hereby informed that during submission of their counter comments, if anyone desires that his/her email id should not be displayed, it may be specifically stated so in the email.”

The regulator has suggested people interested in sending their comments to have a “proper name for identification and display” in the counter comments.

“Such respondent should also include ‘Do not display my id’ in the subject of the email,” TRAI said.

The regulator had come under sharp criticism when it made email ids of over 10 lakh people public along with their response on TRAI’s consultation on regulatory framework for OTT or internet based calling and messaging services like viber, skype, WhastApp, Line etc.

TRAI said that it received a large number of e-mails from various stakeholders as comments and stakeholders also requested that their responses be published on the regulator’s website alongside other comments received in line with past practice regarding such public consultations.

After processing the received emails, filtering various spam emails, duplicate emails etc and for proper display in the web, these emails were uploaded on TRAI website, the regulator said.

“Since many of the emails had only email id as the header, for easy identification of the stakeholders comments, the comments were segregated date-wise along with their email ids and uploaded,” TRAI said.

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  1. K
    May 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm
    If Telecom regulatory board itself handle privacy in such way, how will telecom operators care about their mobile users privacy?
    1. H
      May 8, 2015 at 6:03 am
      What a silly argument by TRAI to give to justify their putting emails in public domain. The COAI has also given them data of 4 million subscribers who, as per them, support the stand of telecom companies. Will TRAI please put all those mobile numbers in public domain? I am sure those subscribers have not said that their mobile numbers be not put in public domain. Pre stupidity and then ludicrous justification by TRAI.
      1. Y
        May 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm
        This is a lame excuse by TRAI. What else should I send to TRAI that I wouldn't want them to do? Must I make a list of such things and send them?