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TRAI wants a definitive date to make GPS mandatory: Privacy concerns?

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has stuck to its proposal for a sunset date to make GPS mandatory in all handsets, reports Techradar. According to the authority, this will help it find out the exact location of a caller in case of an emergency. Note that this proposal was rejected by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), based on the fact that many people still use feature phones which usually do not support GPS, and citing that the impact of such a decision must be studied before taking a call. In the same proposal, TRAI had recommended 112 to be used as a single emergency number, an idea the DoT approved. Medianama’s take: While we understand that TRAI might want better location data when an emergency number is called, we feel the mandate to push GPS on all devices…

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