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In compromise with TRAI, Apple updates iOS to include spam reporting

In an apparent compromise, Apple has updated their OS to natively support SMS and call spam reporting, clearing the way for TRAI to release its DND app to report spam for iOS, HuffPost reports. In press conferences and conversations with journalists, TRAI has often fumed at Apple for declining to allow the regulator's spam-reporting app into the App Store. In April, TRAI chairman RS Sharma said that they were considering legal action against Apple, although it's unclear precisely what legal standing they had to bring a case against the company. (In fact, a customer group's petition last year in the Delhi High Court to compel the App Store to allow the app was rejected.) UPDATE (Sunday, 10th June): In response to a query by MediaNama, TRAI chairman RS Sharma said, "We will need to verify whether the update enables the functional requirements or not. I have asked our people to find out." Apple did not return a request for comment over the weekend. Spam reporting on iOS Documentation on Apple's developer website lays out the particulars of how spam reporting will work. This update will allow developers — not limited to TRAI — to create an extension that lets users report spam from within iPhones' call logs interface. Here's how Apple describes the process: To report SMS messages and calls, the user must enable an Unwanted Communication extension in the Settings app. They can only enable one Unwanted Communication extension at a time. In order to report calls, the user swipes…

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