Apple may be retracting its iPhone supplies from India due to law rift
Due to recent security threats and privacy breaches, the Indian government has placed its focus on ensuring that the citizens of India suffer no further loss through the use of technological gadgets. For this reason, India Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has made it mandatory for all smartphone users to install the “Do Not Disturb” application. This application allows users to spam and block messages as well as voice calls. To function effectively, the app requires access to user contacts, messages, call history etc. and this is where the issue with Apple arises.
Apple is not comfortable with the application gaining access to so much of user information which is present on the iPhone. Due to recent privacy breaches, the tech giant is super cautious regarding user privacy. The iOS system is well reputed for being safe and secure, and Apple does not want to take any chances. For this reason, Apple has not been conforming to the conditions set by TRAI and has not allowed the “Do Not Disturb” application to be made available on the App Store.
The government of India is not appreciative of this non-conformity. In a recent revision of rules, the TRAI has stated that all phone manufacturers have a six-month time span to agree with the policy. If any company fails to do so, their respective phones will be barred from receiving any cellular data service which in consequence means that users would no longer be able to receive calls, messages or any other form of data. The new policy states that, “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, derecognize such devices from their telecom networks.”
Quite a lot of people use the iPhone in India, and it would greatly affect the market in general if iPhones actually get banned in the country.