Apple removes over 700 apps from Chinese App Store

Apple removes over 700 apps from Chinese App Store”

It is not clear if TRAI has in any way now modified its TRAI-DND app, meeting the privacy requirements from Apple or if Apple has simply gone ahead and allowed the app because it doesn't want to risk alienating a powerful government regulator. However, Apple did not permit the app on its platform citing privacy issues.

Apple was slow to adopt Indias “TRAI DND” (as the app is called) and the TRAI – Indian telecom regulator threatened to ban iPhones from Indian networks if Apple didnt approve the app before January 2019. It applies same to the SMS as well; just to the message and the bottom, select Report Message and it will get registered at DND and you won't be bothered again.

Apple has approved TRAI's DND app, which is available for download on the App Store as "TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb".

In July this year, TRAI released regulations that would've required telcos to "derecognise" devices that didn't permit functioning of a mobile app developed by the regulator (or an entity approved by the regulator) created to let consumers change their communication settings and also report entities that violate them. From then on, you won't get disturbed by the unwanted call.

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After users send an SMS via the app they will need to go into DND settings on the OS and switch on DND

Back in 2017, Apple removed several popular virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store, which are a popular way of circumventing the country's 'Great Firewall'. The app with a size of 9.1MB, however, works only on devices running on the latest iOS 12.1 version.

Apple and TRAI struggled to come to an agreement on this issue for nearly a year before in July the Indian regulators threatened to ban the iPhone in the country.

The new DND feature on iOS is not limited to India and is available for users across the globe.

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