The government has asked 21 smartphone makers, majority of them Chinese manufacturers, to outline the procedures and processes adopted by them to ensure security and privacy of users’ data. Now the Mobile makers are under scanner over data security safeguards.
The directive comes amid a standoff between India and China over Doklam, as also rising concerns over imports of Chinese IT and telecom products. “The ministry has given the time till August 28 to all companies to furnish their responses“, a senior IT Ministry official said.
As the Mobile makers are under scanner over data security safeguards and now they have to follow all the rules.
The official pointed to international and domestic reports about data leaks from mobile phones and said in the first phase. And the devices and preloaded software and apps will be under scrutiny.
Based on the response of the companies, the ministry will initiate verification and audit of devices where required. It has also warned of penalties under provisions of the IT Act 43 (A) in case stipulated processes are not being followed.
The official said the objective of the exercise is to ensure that required data security measures are being taken with regard to hardware and software in mobile phones. “Any device sold in the country should be compliant with global security standards. If companies fail to comply, further action will be taken.” Said the official.
You may be wondering that why data security is important. As you can move or erase or backup the data with passwords. But when you erase a file on your computer, its first stop is usually to your operating system’s.
That is recycle bin or “trash” folder. It’s placed in this temporary garbage area. And in case you change your mind and you want to later retrieve the file. That’s why the Mobile makers are under scanner over data security safeguards.
Even when you send the data to others, hackers my hack the data midway, and can misuse the data.