Apple Turns Down Request By State Regulators To Approve India Spam App

State regulators are bitter about Apple’s refusal to approve the Indian government’s anti-spam iPhone app. It is a matter that could end up negatively impacting the provider’s efforts to increase its market share in the country.

The Do Not Disturb (DND) software helps out with the text message logs and spam call with the agency. The data is then transferred to the various mobile operators who proceed to block the spammers. Apple has contacted the regulators informing them that the app was a major violation to its privacy policy.

The chairman of the Delhi-based telecom regulator, Ram Sewak Sharma said that there was no single company that could be allowed to be the guardian of a user’s data. Apple has held talks with the Indian government. It has been asking the government to allow it set up stores. Asides from that, it has been asking for permission to sell the various used iPhones imported into the country.

Apple believes that economic concessions including tax breaks could help it a lot, especially at that moment when it will be establishing its manufacturing plants in the country. In 2016, it shipped in 2.5 million iPhones, and currently its suppliers have started assembling a limited number of iPhones in Banglore.

India’s government firm decision was seen as a major set-back for Apple. The company had also forwarded other demands to the government. Unfortunately, the company seems to be taking quite long to respond to it.

Sharma is the one that banned Facebook Inc.’s Free Basics internet access program, and has been talking a lot about the matter at hand. He revealed that the various meetings had not resulted to any tangible resolution. Over the years, Apple’s policy has offered immense freedom. The set up of some new rules to help safeguard user data is a serious matter.
Sharma opined, “The problem of who controls user data is getting acute and we have to plug the loose ends. This is not the regulator versus Apple, but Apple versus its own users.”

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