Ever since the American Choice and Innovation Act (a bill that would force Apple to sideload iOS users apps onto the iPhone) was proposed, Apple has expressed concern about it. First of all, Cupertino was concerned about the possibility that the legislation would reduce privacy and security on the iPhone, and we all know that Apple is all about privacy on the iPhone. utilities, AppleInsider Reports that while the bill has received a revision, Apple still hasn’t got it.
Apple continues to worry about iPhone privacy and security as the American Choice and Innovation Act passes, despite revisions
The proposed legislation has gone through a series of revisions designed to address concerns about the restrictions and privacy and security risks. The updated version of the bill was introduced by US Senator Amy Klobuchar, addressing some of the concerns both legislators and the tech industry in general had about the original draft of the legislation. Despite those changes, Apple is still not happy with the proposal. The company said the changes weren’t enough to allay its concerns about the bill and that the proposed legislation (if it becomes law) will still undermine the privacy and security of Apple users.
In addition, Apple stated that international agencies and governments around the world “explicitly discouraged sideloading requirements,” stressing that sideloading would empower malicious users to target users, including children, with malware and scams.
On top of these concerns, Apple also stressed that the changes to the proposal are a sign that it wasn’t written very well originally and that the original text would have created unintended privacy and security issues for users.
The company has urged lawmakers to continue working on the proposed legislation and make more changes to avoid privacy and security concerns that could result from the bill.
That said, such revisions to the bill would make it easier for Apple to defend the privacy and security features it includes in iPhones and iPads. Despite this, the legislation (in its current form) would still force Apple to allow sideloading.
Background info: a little more about the American Choice and Innovation Act; Europe also proposes antitrust laws
Apple (and other tech giants, for that matter) has been facing antitrust audits for some time now. However, things are now becoming more and more real: proposals are moving forward on their long road to law, that is. On the one hand, we have the American Choice and Innovation Act, which was passed in October by a bipartisan group of senators, led by Klobuchar. The legislation places many restrictions on tech giants to prevent them from engaging in anti-competitive practices, such as preferring their own services over those of third parties.
But that’s not the only antitrust bill being considered by Congress. There’s also the Open App Markets Act, which focuses on allowing developers to use third-party payment systems (think the Epic vs Apple case, well, it dealt with the issue of third-party payments on iPhone).
In addition, Europe has also worked on antitrust legislation, including the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which is now expected to come into effect in the spring of next year. The law would force Apple to allow sideloading, as well as force the tech giant to make iMessage and FaceTime interoperable with other communication platforms (such as WhatsApp), including smaller chat apps.