The Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it would soon form regulatory guidelines to address the privacy concerns of citizens regarding ‘over-the-top’ services like Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat and Skype.
The Centre told a bench headed by Justice JS Khehar that the department of telecommunication (DoT) was working with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to explore a regulatory framework to devise a policy for regulating the OTT services in the country. The DoT would also take into account TRAI’s recommendations on the net neutrality while framing its policy, Tribune India reported.
The department of telecommunication (DoT) argued that the OTT services use the network provided by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and offer app-based services, and hence they should be subjected to a regulatory mechanism.
The bench would take up the matter for hearing on April 18.