Cupertino Giant Apple Agreed to Give Help to the Indian Government in Developing an Anti-Spam Application

It is already a known matter that Apple has been in a tussle with telecom regulator Trai for quite some time now in the matter of anti-spam application. However, the Cupertino giant has now reportedly agreed to offer ‘limited help’ to the Indian government in developing an anti-spam mobile application to the iOS platform. Recently, it was said that Apple has approached Trai to include the application in the Apple App Store, which the company initially refused to include.


This news was first reported by Reuters as they have seen documents related to the matter. Apple has been refusing Trai’s request of working together to develop an anti-spam application for the iOS platform.

To recall, Trai last year released a Do-Not-Disturb (DND) application in Android platform, but Apple did not approve Trai’s request to release the application to iOS platform citing that a government app with access to call log and messages could lead to severe privacy issues.

Apple must have now learnt how important a DND application for every smartphone user in India. A government official also confirmed to The Quint that Apple will develop an application with limited features, which has been agreed by the Indian government.

Furthermore, the report also highlights that Apple employees flew to New Delhi to discuss the matter, and even explained to the government officials that the limitations in iOS would not allow them to add all the features present on the Android application. “Apple’s executives have told India that its current iOS platform might not allow for some of the government’s requests, such as making call logs available within the app that would allow users to report them as spam,” the official said to The Quint.

Furthermore, an Apple spokesperson explained that the features introduced in the latest iOS iteration- the iOS 11 will help the government to build the app, but as said earlier, with much lesser features. However, the features to be added will get the job done, and the Apple spokesperson also promised that the Cupertino-based company is completely in-line with its privacy policy.

“They (Apple) will help develop an app which, to an extent, can solve the requirements,” said the Apple spokesperson to the publication.

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November 16, 2017 7:00 am 7:00 AM
I have switched from android to iOS and finding it too much restricted. Apps and updates larger than 150mb cannot be downloaded over cellular data but needs wifi. If it is so then what is the use of GBs of data per day which is a trend today. Secondly popular browsers do not support downloading. I used to download large files like HD movies iso files of software’s etc on uc browser on android . But on iOS these all are not possible. 3 days before 42mb update required wifi to download. Performance of the device is superb but due… Read more »
November 16, 2017 1:26 pm 1:26 PM

That’s why iOS is popularly called a walled garden. It’s sure is beautiful and organised, but its a walled garden. Most of the users buy iphones for their simplicity, here in India, mostly it’s a status symbol. A power user is best served with android.

I read it somewhere on reddit, an Android is like a PC that can make phone calls too, while an iPhone is a phone that can do some PC stuff.

November 16, 2017 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

Very right bro I would love to switch back to android.

While using my android phone rarely I used to touch my laptop as everything was getting completed on my phone.

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 16, 2017 10:33 am 10:33 AM

Apple has always been against piracy. So forget to download anything through browsers. Though there is a software to download music and videos but you can only access those from the app.

November 16, 2017 9:00 am 9:00 AM

It does feel restricted. However, the point on privacy made by Apple is correct. The govt. it seems is allowing the app to be intrusive and TRAI should correct this before blaming Apple.

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 16, 2017 3:58 pm 3:58 PM

Lolz. Most lame comment. Please read there is a case going on with apple and US Government where officials wanted some data and Apple denied. Though it is costly and ios 11 is slow I would give credit where it is due. Your data is very secured. Even if your phone is stollen it is pretty much useless (brick phone) for thieves. They are the only ones who have fighted for users privacy.

Girish Gowda
November 16, 2017 7:04 pm 7:04 PM

FBI, NSA can crack any Apple phone. They got the entry long back. And most secure is apple? No wonder The Fappening was the biggest hack on any company of this decade and Apple was the one who was shown with its pants down.

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 17, 2017 8:45 am 8:45 AM

FBI did crack because it was iphone 5c. The hackers clearly mentioned that as it was 5c they were able to hack in. It actually helped Apple to increase its security even more. Now on the icloud hack if celebrities cant use a strong enough password then its their problem. It is our duty to check whether we are not login in or using our account information with other apps. Whenever I try to login from the apple’s site I am always asked to verify and if i click yes then only it logs me in (2 step verification).

Girish Gowda
November 17, 2017 12:40 pm 12:40 PM

Misinformed, lying Sheeple detected.

Ruchit Shah (Gujarat)
November 17, 2017 4:16 pm 4:16 PM

LOL.. keep that way.. btw is there anyway I can lock my phone and no one else can use it after my phone is stolen on android? In iphone after you report it as stolen it would be as good as brick.. is that possible on Android?