Apple and India’s telecoms regulator are at loggerheads for more than a year over privacy issues, but currently, it appears a tentative compromise has been reached, with the tech company agreeing to help the Indian government develop an anti-spam app for its iOS platform.
According to documents seen by Reuters, Apple — keen to continue its expansion in India — has currently relented, albeit marginally. Executives are said to have flown to New Delhi last month and agreed with TRAI that the corporate would facilitate develop the anti-spam app in question, but with restricted capabilities. Some functions — like making call logs available within in the app to report calls as spam — might not be approved on Apple’s side, with a spokesperson for the company saying Apple had not modified its stance on privacy.
Nonetheless, it’s unusual to see a tech titan of this size back down on a problem it’s always prepared to play hardball with, but Apple has ambitious plans for India — where half a billion smartphones are sold by 2020 — and it cannot execute them without TRAI onside.