Apple and TRAI (Telecom Regularity Authority of India) are at a war of words as the former has refused to approve the government's 'Do No Disturb' mobile application on its devices.
Apple has always taken a major stand when it comes to its policies regarding privacy of its users. Apple is just not ready to agree with the Indian government when it comes to the DND app. But this is not a new thing with the tech giant. Earlier, in 2016, the company had a major tussle with the US government too. Apple had refused to help FBI even after being asked by a Federal judge. The issue was regarding unlocking an iPhone of one of the killers of the infamous San Bernandino, California attack where 14 people died.
But here is what he said most importantly: “Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.”
However, this stand by Apple did not go down well with the US earlier, and now the Indian government wants to battle it out. All attempts till now have failed. Trai has even tried to convince Apple by saying that the app only requires a ‘limited, pre-approved level of data sharing”.
But even though the app is present on Google Play Store, Apple is known to be strict while choosing apps for its app store. An Apple App Store review guideline says: “We will reject Apps for any content or behaviour that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, ‘I’ll know it when I see it.’ And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.”
With such war of words over this issue, neither Apple nor the Telecom regulator seems to back out anytime soon.