Apple Ends Feud With TRAI; Approves Anti-Spam App For India

04 December, 2018, 13:01 | Author: Leah Owens
  • TRAI’s DND app is free to download on App Store for iPhones and iPads

Now, Apple has finally and quietly introduced the DND app on its iOS App Store, ending the standoff with the telecommunications regulator of India.

In addition, Apple's App Store editors also announced their own picks for the best apps of the year.

Unbeknownst to users, the two apps were actually initiating payments in the background and using the TouchID scans as approvals for fees of $99.99, $119.99, or €139.99.

The India Today report specifically noted that the app is only available to those using iOS 12.1, which is now running on 63% of iPhones going back to 2014.

Apple has removed hundreds of iPhone apps from its App Store in China, in the company's latest crackdown in one of its biggest markets.

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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. The company has issued several statements ever since the news broke out last week, and it seems to shift the blame onto third party SDKs installed in its apps. According to Apple, the issue was that there was some risk relating to user privacy. It requires at least iOS 12.1 to run.

Like a year ago, Apple also released separate rankings for games where - surprise, surprise - Fortnite took the top spot for free apps. They'll also have to work hard to regain users' trust after this debacle. The reports come from your call logs, and you have the option to report the numbers right next to the option to delete those numbers. Furthermore, it even threatened to take legal action against Kochava, the app analytics and attribution company that first found malicious behaviour within these eight apps.

"Registration of mobile number under DND (Do-Not-Register) will take up to 7 days after putting the request with a respective telecom service provider (TSP)", the App Store listing describes the app. From that point, just click on TRAI DND and then enable all of the extensions related to the app. Some folks on Reddit reported having the app installed on their device but without the design refresh seen in the Play Store (pictured above). On Android, it frequently comes in the form of an app asking for permissions that it should have no interest in, like a calculator wanting access to your phone's contact list or physical location.

The possibility of such sensitive information being sent to TRAI DND is likely why Apple said that there was risk to user privacy.

Once you download an app while it is in the offer, you won't be charged anything when you download it later and can use the app forever for free. Do you like how easy it is to report unwanted or spam phone calls and texts?


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