Apple seeks consultation with TRAI over its Do Not Disturb anti-spam app

Apple seeks consultation with TRAI over its Do

Not Disturb anti-spam app

 

The Cupertino-based giant earlier refused to include regulator’s new anti-spam app on its app store.

 

Apple has reportedly approached the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for “more consultation” on the inclusion of its Do Not Disturb (DND) application in the App Store. The Cupertino-based giant earlier refused to include regulator’s new anti-spam app on its app store.

 

According to a report by The Financial Express, citing some sources close to the development, Apple has sought time from the regulator for a meeting on this issue, however, the regulator has not responded to the request. Further, the report highlights that meeting could take place next month.

 

To recall, TRAI has been trying to include its latest Do Not Disturb application on App Store, but the Cupertino-based giant has denied it stating that the app violates its privacy policy. “Nobody’s asking Apple to violate its privacy policy,” Ram Sewak Sharma, chairman of TRAI told Bloomberg. “It is a ridiculous situation, no company can be allowed to be the guardian of a user’s data,” he added further. Sources further told FE that the development is in “positive direction” as the Cupertino giant is willing to talk with the regulator and find a solution to the controversy.

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The new app from TRAI basically allows users to share logs of spam call and text message with the regulator. The data is then used to alert the operators to block the spammers. This could possibly hinder the Apple’s efforts to expand in India. The company has been in talks with the government to open retail stores, tax exemptions on local manufacturing and the permission to sell used iPhones in India.

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