Cupertino-based Apple and Indian telecom regulator TRAI are in a standoff after the former has not granted the regulator’s app access to their devices. TRAI has developed a Do Not Disturb application for detection and reporting of unsolicited commercial messages and Apple is not letting it on the App Store, stating it violates their policy.
What is TRAI’s DND Application?
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released a service application named Do Not Disturb (DND). With this app, you have to register your phone number with the regulator and the app will help you avoid any unsolicited commercial messages.
Not only filtering, the app also helps TRAI to pinpoint spam messages to various telcos for quick action. While the app has been there on the Play Store for a while now, TRAI was seeking to get it listed on the App Store for iOS users.
TRAI vs Apple: The Standoff
While Apple has not commented on the standoff so far, TRAI is reportedly seeking public and stakeholder’s consultation for standardizing rules of data flow and information control in the hands of users. With new regulations to surface, Apple is probably in for a setback from the telecom regulator.