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Apple iPhone might get banned in India due to TRAI’s new regulations

In the year 2016, TRAI introduced a new app named ‘Do not disturb’. It was meant to reduce the fraudulent calls and unwanted messages they receive on their devices. This app was allowed on the Play Store but Apple didn’t agree to put it up on the App Store.

Apple didn’t permit the app in the App Store giving the reason that it violated Apple’s privacy policy by tracking the call logs.

From that time Apple and TRAI are in a battle which may now even lead to Apple iPhones getting banned from India. TRAI has put up a condition stating that Apple must provide access to the TRAI DND 2.0 app, or else the regulator could order carriers in the country to remove iPhones from its network.

TRAI’s Announcement

“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,” the regulation states. “Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such apps, Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognize such devices from their telecom networks.”

About a year ago, Apple was reportedly collaborating with TRAI to launch a bit flexible version of this app complying with Apple’s privacy policy. But, in March 2018 it became absolutely clear that this app won’t be allowed in the App Store at all.

iOS 12 – Possible Solution?

Apple would surely not like to get banned from its almost the biggest market. Hence, its been trying to fix the issue. But it’s still not clear that the company can release the revised version of the app in next six months.

There have been reports saying Apple has an anti-spam software embedded in its upcoming iOS 12. The upcoming iOS is said to have a new “Unwanted Communication” feature. This feature can control the spam calls and messages a bit. But, it doesn’t completely comply with the TRAI’s new regulations.

Apple still has 30 days left before the carriers start taking actions. We will come to know it soon whether Apple is leaving the Indian market, which it surely wouldn’t like to. It will have to be flexible about its privacy policy or else it will have to pay a big price.