Apple says iPhone sideloading ‘would undermine privacy and security protections’

Apple continues to fight against sideloading on iPhone, namely the ability to install applications without going through the App Store. The manufacturer assures it: it would be a bad thing for users with regard to privacy.

Apple is still against sideloading on iPhone

Apple’s new intervention comes hours after a review of a bill introduced by US Senator Amy Klobuchar for the American Choice and Innovation Act. The goal is for the US government to give users more choices when it comes to technologies and that involves sideloading on iPhone from Apple’s side.

Here’s what Apple told MacRumors about the bill:

We created the iPhone and App Store to be a safe, trusted place for users to download the apps they love and a great business opportunity for developers around the world. The result was an unprecedented engine of economic growth, which fostered competition and innovation, and allowed any developer with a great idea to reach Apple customers around the world.

We remain concerned that this legislation threatens to break that pattern and undermine the privacy and security protections our users depend on. Governments and agencies around the world have explicitly advised against sideloading requirements, which would empower bad actors who want to target users — including children — with malware and scams, and make it easier for data-hungry companies to track users without their consent. Ultimately, the changes to the bill are an acknowledgment that the legislation as originally written created unintended privacy and security vulnerabilities for users. We believe the proposed changes fall far short of the protections consumers need, and we urge lawmakers to make further changes to avoid these unintended consequences.

Sideloading is also a key topic in Europe. The Digital Markets Act will become a reality following a decision by the European Commission and Apple will also have to authorize the practice of sideloading on the iPhone.

For its part, Apple has repeatedly criticized this practice. Tim Cook, the leader of the company, also mentioned the subject, saying that people wanting sideloading should only turn to Android where the practice is authorized.

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