21 Smartphone Makers Asked to Share Security Data By the Government
Circumspect of stealing and hacking of data from smartphones, a notice has been sent by the Government to the Chinese and other phone makers to present the procedures and framework followed for thesecurity of data. Around 21 device makers, comprising leading Chinese brands Oppo, Vivo, Gionee, and Xiaomi, have been demanded to provide “comprehensive, ordered written reply” on how they protect data and verify its security and safety, according to the government order.
The order comes after the argument between China and India over Dokalam as well as themountingworries over trade in of Chinese telecom and IT products. Also, the non-Chinese device makers such as BlackBerry, Samsung, Apple, and Indian players are also sent the directive by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
A senior IT ministry official mentioned, “The ministry has provided time until August 28 to all organizations to deliver their responses.”He cited to the domestic and international reports on information leaks from phones and said that in the initialstage, devices together withpreloaded apps and software will come under inspection.
On the basis of companies’ responses, the ministry will start audit and verification of devicesanywhereessential.It has also informed of fines under provisions of IT Act 43 (A) if the predeterminedprocedures are not followed. The official said, “Any device traded in the country should be acquiescent with worldwide security standards. If firms fail to conform, furthermove will be taken. Penalties are mentioned by the Act based on the wrongdoings. In fewevents, the failure to take actions can result in afine of about Rs 5 Crore.”
The official said the purpose of the implementation is to ascertainneeded data security steps are being taken relating to software and hardware in mobile phones.The IT ministry directive asked the organizations to “provide a structured, thorough written response regarding the security& safety practices, frameworks, architecture, standard& guidelines, and so on followed and employed in their services& product, provided in the country.”
Further, the order mentioned, “The safety of the mobile devices must involve all layers, including protection for theoperating system, application, andhardware, encryption standards used, securing network communications, and similar. Also, the updating of firmware, application, and operating system must be executed in a safe manner.”
The government intends the deviceproducers to develop layered security steps that can protect against any unauthorized access.As per the government, phones—predominantly smartphones—have a crucial part in attaining the objectives of Digital India and have accomplished a penetration of 65–75%.