US-tech giant Apple
has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(Trai) to discuss suggestions regarding the regulator’s Do Not Disturb (DND) app, which the iphone maker had refused to have on its app store, citing privacy issues.
app allows users to report directly to the regulator pesky calls and unsolicited messages from telemarketers.
did not allow the app on its app store, Google’s Android
operating system supports it.
Chairman RS Sharma said, “They have written to us and want to share some suggestions they have. We have invited them for talks.”
Sharma has termed the step taken by Apple
unreasonable and said that users have control of their data and should decide with whom the data could be shared.
The regulator has come up with a consultation paper on privacy, security, and ownership of data in telecom. The paper has highlighted the question if third-party entities could control the data of individuals.
Asked if Apple
had shared its suggestions regarding the app, Sharma said: “Apple
has not given us any commitment as yet, we are interested in finding a solution where we are saying that for your own (Apple) customers, you should enable the APIs (application programming interface) so that they are able to send those SMSes or those calls they consider to be pesky,” Sharma said.
Sharma had earlier rubbished reports that Apple’s refusal to allow the DND app
was because it was not meeting some technology protocols.