Months after TRAI threat, Apple allows DND app on App Store

Apple removes over 700 apps from Chinese App Store

Apple removes another 700+ apps from its Chinese App Store

The app description reads, "TRAI DND app will help consumers to curb unwanted Telemarketing Calls/SMS by reporting to their respective telecom service providers". Every newly launched app or an app update must go through Apple's App Store team for security and privacy concerns before making it live for all users on the App Store. So back in July, the agency told the wireless operators in India that if Apple didn't allow the DND app to be listed in the country's App Store within six months, it would ban the iPhone from the networks belonging to all Indian carriers.

According to reports, an average individual in the country receives up to 10 unwanted calls and messages in a day which is undoubtedly a nuisance.

If there's one thing Apple's App Store is well-known for then it's how strict and vigilant the company can be before hosting an app.

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The DND app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store on iOS and while it's unclear if TRAI has revised its privacy policies on the app for the iOS release, Apple seems to be convinced with the government's proposition. It applies same to the SMS as well; just to the message and the bottom, select Report Message and it will get registered at DND and you won't be bothered again. The software is created to help prevent an avalanche of commercial phone calls and texts, but Apple had previously expressed concerns that it revealed too much information about users to the government. "For received calls that you report, the developer will receive information about the call, such as the caller's number and the time of the call". Earlier this year the app was also updated to 2.0 version.

With China reportedly responsible for 40 percent of Apple's app store revenue, it's not surprising to see the company kowtowing to the government and its strict restrictions on content.

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