As per the TRAI guidelines, Apple has finally launched the anti-spam measures for iPhones in India. TRAI also warns Apple to ban iPhones from India’s cellular network if they fail to comply a government-developed Do Not Disturb app by January 2019. Hence, Apple has finally launched the TRAI DND app on App Store.
What Does TRAI DND DO?
The app is named ‘TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb’ helps users avoid unwanted phone calls and text messages. This issue has become a huge problem in the country. The app combats by letting users join a “do not disturb” registry and allowing them to report unwanted contacts. Google, on the other hand, allowed the app in its Play Store back in 2016. The app was updated to 2.0 earlier this year.
Taking the privacy into the consideration, Apple didn’t allow the app to be released on the App Store. But it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn’t share a user’s call or message logs with Indian authorities. At the moment, it is unclear the version of DND that is released in the App Store follows the additional privacy protections beyond what was originally devised by TRAI.
The registration process appears to leverage the SMS/Call Reporting framework Apple recently introduced into iOS. It only shares specific spam content with authorities. After users select spam calls or messages, DND will auto-create complaint text messages and send them to the appropriate carrier for processing.
The TRAI-DND app is already available on App Store and requires iOS 12.1 or later.