India’s telecom regulator is vexed with smartphone giant Apple for delaying the anti-spam app which they were supposed to develop for the government. TRAI has now threatened to take legal action against Apple, which had agreed on last October to come up with the ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) iOS app.
This strong message has been laid out, as TRAI looks to curb the menace of pesky promotional calls and messages that have angered mobile users in the country for a long time. The DND app, which is already available on Android, has found it hard to launch on iOS. This is because Apple clearly believes in user’s data privacy, while the app seeks permissions to access call logs and message records.
The Cupertino-based giant has repeatedly shown its commitment to user data privacy and this is another example of it sticking to its stand.
TRAI and Apple have been stuck in a tussle, in which no party wants to back down from its stance. Interestingly, both the entities have a common goal in sight, the ie safety of users and their data.
Apple is touchy about privacy and in the past, it defied the US government when FBI sought help from Apple engineers in unlocking iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter.
Airtel, in its response to TRAI’s draft regulation, had noted, among other things, that “the suggestion of a new app (clause 6(2)(e) for registering the preference tantamount to creating an additional set-up and infrastructure without any value addition. This can be done away with as the operators can just sync this feature in their existing apps.”
Other telcos like Vodafone have commented that, among other things, TRAI’s regulation would require “huge cost” to be implemented.