Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), has mandated all access providers to include DND 2.0 App in their App stores. A TRAI directive says, “every access provider shall ensure, within six months, that all smart phone devices registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such Apps as prescribed in the regulations 6(2)(e) and regulations 23(2)(d)”. Keeping in line with the TRAI’s directive, Google has included DND 2.0 in its Android play store, but Apple hasn’t! Apple cites breach of privacy of its users as a concern for not allowing the prescribed App in its App Store. This has become a reason for discord between TRAI and iPhone.
What does DND 2.0 App do?
DND 2.0 is an anti-spam App, which allows users to block spammers such as telemarketing services, insurance agencies, credit card vendors and likes. This App also builds a spammer database of TRAI, which is used for real-time tracking of spammers and blocking or taking action against them by TRAI.
Why doesn’t iPhone allow DND 2.0?
DND 2.0 helps users block spammers, and besides, it also collects some data such as call records to track down the spammers for permanent blacklisting. These additional user data is a matter of concern for the iPhone, which labels DND 2.0 as intrusive access permission which may lead to a breach of privacy of iPhone users.
iPhone had similar issues with other apps in the past, Uber is one of them. User privacy is one of the main USP of the iPhone.