Apple reportedly approaches TRAI to discuss inclusion of DND app on iOS App Store

By Shubham Sharma | Published on Sep 29 2017
Apple reportedly approaches TRAI to discuss inclusion of DND app on iOS App Store
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The DND app was previously rejected from being published on Apple’s app store. The company said it asks for too many permissions and data which violates its user’s privacy rights.

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Apple had risked Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) ire over not allowing their DND app on the Apple App Store. According to a report by PTI, Apple has dialed down on its aggressive stance and has written to TRAI on the issue. 

Apple is willing to talk with TRAI over adding their Do-Not-Disturb (DND 2.0) app to the app store, said the report. "They (Apple) have written to us for a meeting on the issue saying that they have an approach on this which they want to discuss," TRAI Chairman R S Sharma on Thursday said in his response to query on the matter at the ongoing India Mobile Congress.

Apple had previously refused to include TRAI’s DND app on the app store as it violates the company’s user privacy policies. The Cupertino based company did so citing that the application asks for sharing personal information such as location, contacts, call logs, SMS and more along with permissions, which is against the company’s privacy policy.

TRAI’s DND app lets users know of any possible spam calls and texts, along with giving users an option to flag such calls as spam directly via the app. The network providers are then sent the call logs and SMS lists which are used to deactivate the spam connections. Apple had rejected the app due to above mentioned calls and SMS information requirements.

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