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Apple and TRAI not in Agreement Over Anti-Spam Application


A fight between Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Apple is reportedly taking place regarding using iPhone owners' user data, within India. Albeit the fight isn't for the first time while previously too it happened at the time R S Sharma, Chairman of TRAI criticized Apple some weeks back, currently additional details are in public. As per TRAI's allegation, Apple isn't willing towards allowing its anti-spam application which depends on accessing the data users have on their iPhones, especially the details of contacts.


TRAI has made several unsuccessful attempts towards getting its software programme it calls "Do Not Disturb" added to the Application Store. With this software, people can share text logs and spam calls with TRAI that then with the data notifies operators of mobile phones for stopping the spammers. The agency reports that Apple stated the application infringed upon its privacy rules.


The application lets end-users dispatch text as well as call logs which encompass spammers' contact with the regulatory authority that can subsequently transmit the info over onto providers of mobile services to stop the spammers. But, Apple has hitherto negated the application's approval because the company thinks it goes against its internal privacy rules. Sports.yahoo.com posted this on the Web dated September 6, 2017.


Clearly, Apple is interested in tapping the escalating smart-phone market of India. As eMarketer estimates, India in 2017 will have 267.1m users of sophisticated mobile phones, with the number increasing to 409.8m by 2021.Given this situation Apple is risking by angering India government.


A total of six meetings have taken place with Apple but each time the confrontation with respect to the anti-spam application has remained unresolved. While Apple discloses user information to strategic partners and affiliates, it does not disclose the same to other entities.


Meanwhile, Apple has had problems with officials of the Government of India previously as well. Once the company sought urgent consents for letting it set up Apple stores inside the country, but the officials annulled those requests. Apple had also tried to get tax breaks if it manufactured its iPhone product inside India which too was annulled.

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