The application in question is a government-approved app called Do Not Disturb. This anti-spam application has raised concerns at Apple because it allows the Indian government to access customer call and SMS logs. However, it now seems that Apple could back down after the threat of the iPhone closed completely from India he refuses to allow the application.
Today’s report notes that Apple’s “skillful management of government relations is under severe strain.” Apple, in essence, has very little weight.
He has not yet got the tax breaks he needs for suppliers to expand local manufacturing and still has to be authorization granted to official Apple stores in the country. With a market share of only 1% in the second most populous market in the world, Apple is desperate to increase its share of the iPhone market.
Should he compromise on its ideals?
Doing this, however, could mean compromising some of its privacy principles. Reuters note that Apple has sent a letter to Indian regulators to try to find a common ground but, failing that, it seems that it could just go hand in hand with the demands.
This is not uncommon among large technology companies. Recently, Apple had to agree to move iCloud accounts in China to a government-owned enterprise, or risk being expelled from the country. Google also seemed to be back in its previous position in work on a censored version of Google in China.
With India Do Not Disturb application already available on Android, it seems that Google has clearly taken a stand on this topic in India. It only remains to wait to see if Apple does the same.