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Apple revolts Against TRAI Over DnD App

Medianama has gained access to Apple’s ‘confidential’ reply to The Draft Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2018, created by TRAI.

As per the reply
from Apple, it is clear that they have no intentions to get intimidated by TRAI’s threats, and they will never allow access to call-logs of their users, under any circumstances.

Apple has vehemently opposed TRAI’s SMS Spam regulation, under which all smartphone manufacturers are mandated to allow access to call-logs, SMS and other details of users, in order to feed TRAI’s DND 2.0 spam-reporting app.

Signed by Apple’s Indian head of public policy Kulin Sanghvi, the reply from Apple stated, “iOS and Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines do not enable a mobile app to transmit a customer’s personally-identifiable information and usage history to a third party automatically, without the user directing that action.”

Apple’s reply signifies so many things: Foremostly, that it cares and respects their users’ privacy, and won’t allow anyone, even TRAI to tamper this with.

The letter further stated, “Enabling that functionality would open the door to Apple users being tracked by third parties in ways that the users have not invited and might not even realize, and that might expose them to harm.”

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