Apple and the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), India’s telecoms regulator are battling over the development of a government anti-spam mobile application, with user privacy at the heart of a “deepening rift between the two sides,” according to Reuters.
In October the tech giant agreed to provide some help to the regulator to tap into new iOS features to build the “Do Not Disturb” app, which allows users to report unsolicited calls and text messages as spam. However, Apple argues that allowing the app broad access to customers’ call and text logs could compromise privacy.
The TRAI has been trying unsuccessfully (so far) to get its Do Not Disturb software included in the Apple App Store. The app lets people share spam call and text message logs with the agency, which uses the data to alert mobile operators to block the spammers.