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Apple and TRAI spar again over anti-spam app, privacy concerns raised

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Apple and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are at loggerheads again over the development of a government anti-spam mobile app with the US-based tech giant raising concerns about user privacy. Apple's contention has been that allowing any app broad access to a user's call and text logs could compromise privacy. In October last year, Apple had agreed to provide some help to the regulator to tap into new iOS features to build the "Do Not Disturb" app, which allows users to report unsolicited calls and text messages as spam. Despite that agreement, the two sides have not met since November. Reuters reported that the telecom regulator was still waiting for "basic clarifications" on what exactly can the iOS version of its app offer. Apple told Reuters that the government app "as envisioned violates the privacy policy" of its App Store. The company said it had been working with government engineers and would "continue discussing ways they can design their app to keep users' personal data safe". Apple's stance has not gone down well with TRAI chief RS Sharma who told Reuters that he will consult his legal team on how Apple could be pushed to help develop the application more swiftly. "We will take appropriate legal action," Sharma told Reuters. "This is unjust, it shows the approach and attitude of this company." Sharma did not provide any details on what action TRAI might take. According to Reuters, Apple did not comment on Sharma's remarks but said that it shared…

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