"I think if you draw out a distinct parallel between iOS ecosystem and the Android ecosystem and I’m sure people who have played with enough with the platforms, they do realize that Android lends itself to a lot more data [collection] which otherwise is not possible on iOS," Manav Sethi, Chief Marketing Officer at ALT Balaji remarked about permissions which are sought by the two biggest app ecosystems in the world, at the #NAMAprivacy conference. "Now, who do you go depute that responsibility to, is anybody’s guess, right? Is there a rule of law which allows them or disallows them not to do that, again I guess that’s anybody’s guess," Sethi added. He added "history has taught us that regulation has always had a laggard approach in catching up with technology. And that’s where I feel that rule makers have a very important role to play: To create that kind of regulatory regime that compels all the players at play to ensure that they are compliant." However, in the absence of laws on data collection or data regulators, Malavika Raghavan, project head for the Future of Finance Initiative at IFMR Finance Foundation, said that app stores and intermediaries should take on more responsibility for the nature of data collection. "The app stores are only part of the solution. The app stores say they’ve started doing more hygiene [checks for apps on their platform]. But we should think about what should providers be doing beforehand and what they can do directly instead of getting other people…
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