Apple Ends Feud With TRAI; Approves Anti-Spam App For India


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) threatened Apple in July to ban iPhones in India after the Cupertino giant refused to implement anti-spam measures for Indian iPhone users. January 2019 was the deadline given to Apple by the authorities to approve the government-made Do Not Disturb app.

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the anti-spam app will be available from today on the iOS App Store. TRAI-Do Not Disturb app will solve the issue of spam calls and text messages that plagued the entire country.

According to reports, Indians receive more than 10 spam calls and messages on a daily basis. The new DND app would allow users to register themselves in the government’s “do not disturb” registry and report the spam calls.

The DND app is already available in Google Play Store for Android users as Google allowed it in 2016. Apple, however, refused to allow the app as it requires the Indian government to access users’ call and messages logs which is against the privacy policy of the company.

Apple has resolved the issue by introducing a new SMS/Call Reporting framework. The framework would share only specific details of spam calls with the authorities. Once a user selects an unwanted call/message, DND will auto-generate the report and send them to the relevant carrier.

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Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.
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