iPhones May Be Banned in India Unless Apple Allows “Privacy-Violating” App

India continues to be a difficult market for Apple, and while the company struggles to grow its 1 percent market share, it occasionally hits new roadblocks.

This time, Apple is being warned that not agreeing to offer an anti-spam application developed by the Indian government could lead to iPhones getting banned locally, with all proposals made by the Cupertino-based tech company already rejected.

Specifically, the government-developed app is called Do Not Disturb and is supposed to fight spam on the Indian market. With spam becoming a major issue for mobile phone users, India has requested phone makers to install the said app on the devices they sell locally, thus trying to make sure that all customers would benefit from extra protection.

While the app has already made its way to Android devices in 2016, Apple has opposed the proposal, explaining that by providing access to phone calls and text message logs the app violates its own policy and infringes on user pr... (read more)

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