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Apple Is To Face Legal Action By TRAI

TRAI has decided to sue Apple for not complying with the agreement which they had between them to launch an app to report spam to the unsolicited calls and messages. Apple agreed to such in November 2017 after a discussion with TRAI for about last two years. Apple argued that it is something against their privacy policy but TRAI tried to justify saying that it is for the sake of data security of the users.

A legal action against apple is being planned to be taken by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The action is being taken due to the delay in taking steps to support the authority’s app and the enable the users of iPhone flag unsolicited calls and messages.

R.S. Sharma, chairman of TRAI assured on Thursday that they are taking legal action. The Cupertino-based smartphone maker did not provide yet with a solution to allow the DND app to access call and message logs. In November last year after a long discussion on the topic since last two years, the iphone maker agreed to provide a framework to support the regulator’s mobile app, which can report spam calls and messages on iphones. Initially Apple denied the proposal stating that it will go against the company’s privacy policy, but the regulators argued that it is all about consumer protection and rights of the consumer on their own data.

Android has enabled the DND app to access call logs and messages for reporting spams, as informed by TRAI, and it also added that it has also issued a consultation paper on privacy, ownership and security of data on telecom networks last year on the issue of custody of customer data.

Chairman of TRAI, Sharma reported that the results of its pilot project on wifi services for the masses has been presented before telecom minister Manoj Sinha. He also mooted an ambitious mode of a public Wi-fi grid aimed at slashing internet access cost by 90% and pushing broadband proliferation. The grid of wi fi hotspots that TRAI conceptualised entails multiple providers coming together on one single platform to address different aspects like access, services, payment and authentication.

TRAI gave a suggestion of moving from the pilot to the next phase, involving the work with participants of the pilot in New Delhi and Bengaluru and creation of a testing and certification framework. Sharma further said that the national scale-up of the project will depend on the telecom department approving the resale of data at the last mile.


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Rashmita Das
Published on 06-Apr-18

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