Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

TRAI's DND app is now available on Apple's App Store for iPhones, VentureBeat reported. The Indian telecom regulator and the iPhone maker were stuck in a disagreement for over two years for the DND app.

Signalling the end of the standoff between Apple and India's telecom regulator, the TRAI DND app is finally available for download via Apple's App Store.

The DND app itself isn't new and it debuted in Google's app store back in 2016. However, Cupertino-based Apple wouldn't allow the app to be released to iOS users, citing privacy concerns, though it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn't share a user's call or message logs with Indian authorities, the report added. This means iPad and iPhone users in India will now be able to user Trai's Do Not Disturb app on their respective devices.

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But it does seem that the TRAI-DND app approved by Apple uses the spam reporting mechanism that Apple recently introduced in the iOS 12.

In the directive, Trai had mentioned, "Every Access Provider shall ensure, within six months' time, that all smartphone devices registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such Apps as prescribed in the regulations 6 (2)(e) and regulations 23 (2)(d)", Trai noted. The problem, according to sources within Apple, was that the TRAI-DND app was deemed a privacy risk.

Back in 2017, Apple removed several popular virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store, which are a popular way of circumventing the country's 'Great Firewall'. Also, the approved app only supports the iPhones running iOS 12.1.

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