Indian telecom regulator accuses Apple of ‘data colonization’

Trai, an Indian telecom regulator, is accusing Apple of engaging in "data colonization" in India and being "anti-consumer" by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities as well as their mobile operators, reports the Times of India

The matter has remained unresolved over the last one year and has now led to an attack on the American electronics giant by R S Sharma, chairman of Trai. 

"While Google's Android supports our Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, Apple has just been discussing, discussing, and discussing. They have not done anything," RS Sharma, chairman of Trai, tells TOI. 

The DND app, launched in June 2016, has the capability to procure SMS details and call records of an individual from the phone's messages column and call-log records. This enables a customer to report the number sending unsolicited messages or making pesky calls straight to Trai from the app. Afterwards, action can be taken.

Trai is the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Its mission is “to create and nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications in India to enable the country to have a leading role in the emerging global information society.”