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Net Neutrality: Senior journalists & politicians condemn TRAI's act of revealing email ids of net neutrality supporters

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Net Neutrality: Senior journalists & politicians condemn TRAI's act of revealing email ids of net neutrality supporters

Some weeks ago, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India asked people of India to share their views on net neutrality and share their opinions. The regulator asked twenty questions. They have asked the views on the consultation paper published by TRAI on March 27, 2015 titled "Regulatory Framework For Over-the-Top (OTT) Services.

Millions of people replied in support of net neutrality. However, strangely enough TRAI released more than one million emails ids and the contents of their response on its website in the PDF format.

Apparently after this action TRAI’s website was hacked for some time by a group @opIndia revenge .The anonymous group took the credit, the tweet from the group says, “We are just bunch of kids trolling “Brilliant” mind at #TRAI who have no clue how to handle such situation. Sorry India you deserve better.”

The website was functioning at the time of filing this report but senior journalists and who supporters of net neutrality took to Twitter to share their opinion.

Vikram Chandra Group CEO, NDTV Group said, “So if you wrote to TRAI to #SaveTheInternet, you are now at the mercy of every spammer in the country? Bizarre. #NetNeutrality.”

Senior Journalist, Vir Sanghvi tweeted, “Congrats TRAI on releasing the mail ids of everyone who mailed you about net neutrality. Now we know how well you protect internet users.”

Madhavan Naranyan, Consulting Editor, HT just wrote ‘Facepalm’ with a link of names revealed on the website.

Aaditya Thackeray of Shiv Sena said, “So releasing all email IDs, running through people's privacy! On purpose or TRAI-al (trial) and error? And they handle our telecom!! #TRAI.”

While Arvind Gupta, IT Cell Head of BJP also shared his view, He tweeted, “Reports suggest #TRAI in its pursuit of transparency leaked email addresses. Best practice is to blackout the address & display the comments.”

People are calling it a bizarre move from TRAI and complaining over the privacy breach. On the other hand, telecom ministry has to submit a report on 9th May on Net Neutrality. A six member committee is looking into the matter.

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