TRAI gets angry as Apple refuses to approve anti-spam app

TRAI gets angry as Apple refuses to approve anti-spam app

The refusal of Apple Inc. to date to approve the anti-spam iPhone app of the Indian government is annoying regulators, possibly harming the efforts of the company to retail more products in India. The TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has been attempting vainly to get its Do Not Disturb software incorporated in the App Store. The software enables individuals to share spam text message and call logs with the organization, which utilizes the information to notify mobile operators in order to block the spammers. However, Apple has stated the app to be violating its privacy policy.

The standoff can influence the efforts of Apple to grow in India, wherein half a billion smartphones will be retailed by 2020. The California-based firm, The Cupertino, has been in talks with the government of India to launch retail shops and secure permission to retail used iPhones traded in the country. A long demand list has been put forward by Apple, comprising tax breaks and other allowances, to organize manufacturing facilities.

Delhi-based telecom regulator’s Chairman, Ram Sewak Sharma, said, “No one is asking Apple to infringe its privacy policy. It is an absurd circumstance; no firm can be permitted to be the guardian of the data of a user.” At present, the regulator is seeking stakeholder and public remarks on a consultative paper on control of users over their private data and regulations on the flow of information via telecommunications networks. The procedure, planned to be accomplished in September, can ultimately result in new regulations governing user information. That can also become a fragment of the telecom licensing procedure, said Sharma.

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Any new processes can influence not just Apple, but also Google, Facebook, and other technology firms that manage huge amounts of personal and private data. Nandan Nilekani said, “Information is a strategic asset and there is consciousness across the globe that public policy has to come to controls with it.”

However, Apple has yet not responded to requests for remarks on the comments of the regulator. In the previous year, around 2.5 Million iPhones were shipped by the company in India and formerly this year, supplier Wistron Corporation started collecting a limited digit of iPhones in Bangalore. Up to now, the Indian Government has all but dropped the request of Apple to bring in used iPhones, and yet has to reply to other demands.

Sharma further said, “The issue of who controls the data of a user is getting serious and we have to tie the loose ends. This is not the Apple versus regulator, but Apple against its own customers.”

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