It is feared that Apple’s iPhones could possibly be banned in India as it has refused to fulfil Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) demands. TRAI has a provision that makes mobile maker compulsory to give blanket permissions to TRAI’s DND 2.0 spam-reporting app. Apple has denied giving any access to call logs and SMS records. In the filing it says, Apple’s App Store guidelines forbid the kind of access to call logs and SMS records that TRAI’s regulations are seeking.
For its upcoming version in iOS 12 that features enhanced spam SMS and call reporting. This allows iPhone users to report unwanted messages and calls as spam. Apple notified TRAI that it would not be able to provide the kind of access TRAI demands.
This dispute has raised fear that TRAI may ban Apple iOS in India if the company sticks to its words and does not go with the TRAI’s demand. . It cited the Supreme Court privacy judgement, saying that the company’s policies were consistent with the court’s verdict upholding privacy records.
“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….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,” says the letter that was submitted Apple’s Indian chief Kulin Sanghvi.