Turkish startup app blocks unwanted incoming calls

Years ago the late Ara Güler, Turkey’s most famous photographer and photojournalist, sat at the table next to us. Coincidentally, I got his autograph for two books published by Yapı Kredi Publications.

The moment he learned that the person next to me was the CEO of a telecommunications operator, Güler complained, “Brother, don’t send me boring messages every day.

This complaint has continued to increase over the years, far from being resolved.

Despite consumer protection laws and other precautions, harmful business calls afflict millions of people. The increase in online and phone sales has led to an exponential increase in unwanted messages and calls.

Developed by local engineers, the Getcontact app has become a very popular app around the world and has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times.

The app that offers mobile identity and verification services will be available in Turkey from June 7.

With the effect of getting high demand from users in recent years, the app has rapidly increased its popularity in the world, reaching over 120 million users.

Over 500 million malicious calls

Getcontact has become one of the fastest growing mobile services in the world, blocking over 500 million spam and malicious calls in the last year alone, making it a part of everyday life for users. .

Thanks to its growing popularity day by day, it has been downloaded more than Instagram and WhatsApp in Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Central Asian and Far East countries.

Developed by Turkish engineers and ranked among the top 10 most downloaded apps in app stores in over 30 countries, Getcontact has been focusing for three years on international growth targets.

Now, it will also take its place in app stores in Turkey from June 7th.

Respect for confidentiality rules

One of the most popular apps of recent years is returning home to serve Turkish users by complying with European Union data privacy laws, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ).

Getcontact will serve users in Turkey with its new data management center, data access request form service, and customer service team that will provide 24/7 support.

Lately, developments around personal data issues have led consumers to expect businesses to take action to comply with personal data regulations across the world, from WhatsApp to Instagram, from Tiktok to Getcontact.

That is why it is useful to check if each app is a wolf in sheep disguise, i.e. what data it collects by offering free services.

Ability to block with AI

Reaching over 50 million monthly active users, Getcontact is coming back more strongly in Turkey with new features added by improving its infrastructure. Among these features, Trust Score services are prominent.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, user comments, spam activity, and dozens of different algorithms are calculated and a “trust score” is determined for each person who contacts you.

Trust Score was created to give other users an idea of ​​how reliable a phone number is and has become one of the most important tools in Getcontact’s secure communication mission.

Thanks to these features, an application offering a more secure communication service will be launched soon. It will also begin to offer new communication channels to its users with messaging and voice calling services, as well as messaging and VOIP calling that promise increased privacy through end-to-end encryption technology.

Revoke permissions

Over time, all consumers can now revoke their online shopping and messaging permissions. Via the site of the message management system (www.iys.org.tr) created with the cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), you can revoke the authorizations via e-government via a citizen connection on the website.

So you can get rid of annoying calls and messages from all organizations irreversibly. When you add a Getcontact app to this, you are building a wall.

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