India combats fraudulent and intrusive calls
India’s regulator, TRAI, has released the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference regulation, which is aimed at cutting down the number of fraudulent and intrusive calls across the country, reports Firstpost. “The regulation overhauls existing measures and requires carriers to let their users download an app – TRAI DND 2.0 – to their devices to help combat spam and also serves as a hub to report such calls and messages.” Apple is a company that could be affected by the regulation, as last year the company said it did not want the app to feature on its app store owing to privacy violations. But by enforcing use of the DND 2.0 app, TRAI could order all carriers to discontinue services for iPhones. The regulation states that, "Every access provider shall ensure, within 6 months’ time, that all smartphone devices registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such apps as prescribed”, and “Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such apps as prescribed, access providers shall, on the order or direction of the authority, derecognise such devices from their telecoms networks.” See more and TRAI here.
- Monday, 23 July 2018