The Cupertino-based iPhone maker Apple has finally relented and has begun hosting the Indian telecom regulator's Do-Not-Disturb app, at the centre of a dispute between the two over privacy concerns.
Apple puts a spam-filtering app "Do Not Disturb" on its iOS App Store, months after regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) threatened to ban iPhones if the firm did not approve the app by January 2019.
After installing the TRAI DND app on your iPhone, you will be guided through three-step process to register for or modify your DND preferences, and start reporting offending text messages and calls by giving the app the necessary permission. In July, TRAI issued a directive to Indian telecom companies telling them that phones that did not support TRAI-DND app would have to be barred from the telecom networks in India. "Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such Apps as prescribed in regulations 6 (2)(e) and regulations 23 (2)(d), Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognise such devices from their telecom networks".
Indian consumers sporting an iPhone running iOS 12.1 or later can install the DND app for free by clicking on this link. To recollect, both Apple and Trai faced numerous struggles to come to a mutual agreement for the inclusion of the TRAI DND app in the App store.
It isn't clear whether the approved version appearing in the App Store today has additional privacy features.
If you're an iPhone user, you can download the app from here.
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