The app, called Do Not Disturb, has been available on Android for months.
It is unlikely that Apple would allow such an app to be created as it would weaken its global privacy stance and open the floodgates for other governments to request similar access. Bloomberg noted at the time that the standoff could impact Apple's efforts to expand in India. Officials complained Apple dragged its feet on advising the government how to develop an app that would allow iPhone users to report unsolicited marketing texts or calls as spam.
Today we're learning that Apple has now agreed to give limited assistance to the Indian Government to develop an anti-spam mobile app for its iOS platform.
Apple does not want to give a third-party app access to iPhone call logs on privacy grounds, but it's not clear what compromise has been reached. However, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) R.S. Sharma said he was unhappy with Apple for not responding swiftly to the government's requests. "They've had meetings, meetings and meetings".
According to a report by Reuters, the United States giant has been locked in a tussle with India's telecoms regulator for more than a year. Facing criticism from the regulator, Apple finally made a decision to go ahead and help develop the app but only "with limited capabilities".
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