After the executive exodus, Apple faces another issue in India. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has prescribed DND app for all smartphones in India. Apple, however, didn’t show its willingness to upload this app on its AppStore.
Following its denial, the two are likely to lock horns with each other in the court. According to media brief, Apple may drag TRAI to the court over this new rule of ‘Do Not Disturb’ app, which was introduced on Thursday.
Apple & TRAI Likely to Lock Horns Over Latter’s DND Rule
Interestingly, Google has complied with this new rule and has already uploaded this app on its Play Store.
Apple has always stressed upon user privacy, and therefore, the company has furnished a strong reason.
Since DND is a third-party app, Apple wouldn’t allow this app to selectively access contacts or see call logs and text messages. This will be a violation of user’s privacy, data, and security.
Following this, TRAI’s chairman R S Sharma accused Apple of acting like a ‘data colonizer’ and ‘anti-consumer.’
Sharma added that user’s data should not be handled by an individual and phone makers should not have any right to stop the user from revealing it to any authority.
Notably, this app has been downloaded by one lakh users in India and got the rating of 2.6.
On the other hand, organizations representing telecom companies and handset makers said that telcos do not have the legal authority to ban handsets from their networks.
The organizations have called the rule as impractical one as they have to review more than a billion handsets and apps within the devices.
Apple needs to take some quick measure to get rid of the legal scuffle with TRAI. The company is already facing multiple issues from all corners.
Recently, a report claimed that Apple is losing smartphone market share to Samsung in Brazil.
In another setback, Aashi Chemical & Solder has sued Apple for using its patented ‘lead-free solders’ technology.
On top of that, Chinese authorities introduced new cybersecurity laws and as per the new laws, iCloud data of Chinese customers to be controlled by local servers.
Apple seems to have been passing through a bad phase. Legal issues with local authorities can take a toll on the brand image of the company.
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