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TRAI to roll out Truecaller alternative in the coming weeks

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  • TRAI is set to roll out its caller ID system
  • It will be based on KYC data of the subscriber
  • The aim is to reduce user’s exposure to various incidents such as spam, fraud, phishing attacks

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is reportedly set to roll out the caller ID system. It will be released in three weeks. Caller ID is a feature that displays the caller’s name when a user receives the call. 

TRAI’s caller ID system will be an alternative to the popular Swedish caller-identifying app Truecaller. TRAI chairperson PD Vaghela said that the telecom watchdog had conducted several stakeholder consultations to iron out the issues. 

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TRAI to roll out caller ID system in coming weeks

Every user receives unsolicited calls or sometimes even from people they know but don’t have their contact saved in their phone. There have been various instances where people have been pranked, scammed, and fallen prey to fraudsters. Trai has not been able to stop such issues in an effective manner. 

So far, Truecaller has been a go-to app for searching the caller’s identity details. With the caller ID system, the initiative by TRAI will offer relief to users. With the telecom watchdog’s program, the caller’s name would be as per the know your customer (KYC) record of subscribers available with the telecom operators. The KYC data will also enable the authorities to verify if the service providers have conducted the process correctly or resorted to shortcuts, due to which the caller’s identity may not be genuine. This is majorly different from Truecaller, where the caller ID’s data is crowdsourced, and 100 percent authenticity is not assured. 

TRAI said it would not enforce its caller ID without the user’s permission. 

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