Apple purges over 700 apps from the App Store in China


The TRAI DND app is available as a free download via the App Store.

A do-not-disturb app from India's telecom regulator has finally made it to Apple's App Store. Like its Android counterpart, the TRAI DND app for iPhone lets users register for DND (Do Not Disturb) to stop pesky calls and text messages (at least on paper), modify their DND preferences, and even report offending calls or text messages. With the average smartphone user in the country receiving up to 10 spam calls and texts a day, the app allows users to join a "Do Not Disturb" list and report unwanted calls and messages. The current development happens after Apple ran a massive clean-up program a few months ago to take action illegal gambling platforms on its App Store.

With the release of the TRAI DND app on iPhone well before the January deadline, that threat of deactivation seems to have been staved off. "Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such Apps as prescribed in regulations 6 (2)(e) and regulations 23 (2)(d), Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognise such devices from their telecom networks". The problem, according to sources within Apple, was that the TRAI-DND app was deemed a privacy risk.

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Apple doesn't allow third-party apps permission to read messages or call logs on its devices.

The TRAI DND app is already available on Google Play store. Also, the approved app only supports the iPhones running iOS 12.1.

It isn't clear whether the approved version appearing in the App Store today has additional privacy features.