Apple is helping the Indian government develop an anti-spam app

The U.S. tech giant has been locked in a tussle with India's telecoms regulator for more than a year as the country grapples with a massive spam issue

The U.S. tech giant has been locked in a tussle with India's telecoms regulator for more than a year as the country grapples with a massive spam issue

At the moment, the government app is available on Android since past year.

Apple will now help India develop a mobile app to help block spam calls and messages, after initially refusing to do so due to privacy concerns.

Apple has been fighting the India government over approving an iOS app to block spam calls and texts in the region for some time now. The problem is Apple has held concerns that helping the Indian government build the app for iOS raises privacy issues for its users as the app would have access to the iPhone's call and text logs-and thus the government potentially would too.

TRAI's anti-spam mobile application also called Do Not Disturb has been downloaded more than 100,000 times from the Google Android app section

Reuter's report notes that "Facing public criticism from the regulator, Apple executives flew to New Delhi last month and told officials the company would help develop the app, but only with limited capabilities, according to a government official aware of the matter". 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.

According to a report by Reuters, the USA giant has been locked in a tussle with India's telecoms regulator for more than a year. For more on this, read the full Reuters report here.