Once again, Apple did not fail to express its concerns about the bill dubbed American Choice and Innovation Act.
The text has undergone several revisions aimed at alleviating concerns about privacy and security risks for iPhone users. Despite this, Apple remains concerned and worried about this bill which tends to minimize consumer protection. This could have serious consequences. A reality that has been confirmed by our colleagues fromApple Insider.
According to the Californian tech giant, the side loading will only increase the risk incurred by Internet users in the face of the resurgence of malicious acts on the Web. If the text were to become law one day, it would allow hackers to gain easier access to the terminals of their targets.
A bill that does not convince Apple
On May 26, the United States Senator Amy Klobuchar presented the updated version of theAmerican Choice and Innovation Act. This was drawn up in order to allay the concerns that technology companies had about the original bill. An advance that does not seem to please the Apple.
This feeling of dissatisfaction, Apple shared it with MacRumors. According to the firm, the changes made are simply an acknowledgment that the text originally drafted had fostered a kind of vulnerability among users. Also, it turns out that the proposed solutions are far from meeting the protection requirements that consumers really need. Consequently, the manufacturer strongly hopes that further modifications will be made.
In case you don’t already know, sideloading is a jargon used to describe the action of installing an application on your iPhone or iPad from a source other than the official Apple store. If the text were to be adopted by the American legislature as it currently stands, then the iOS publisher would be obliged to authorize this practice. A practice that goes against the confidentiality and security policy of the firm.
In Europe, Apple will also have to deal with the Digital Markets Act
For some time now, the Cupertino giant’s concerns have also turned to the Digital Markets Act (DMA). It’s about a proposed antitrust law from the European Commission. According to the CEO of Apple, Tim Cookin addition to forcing the group to allow sideloading, it will render iMessage and FaceTime interoperable with other communication platforms. This law would then give the possibility of installing applications outside theAppStorewhich would make iOS more similar to android. It goes without saying that this could negatively impact the image of the company.
For the senior vice president of Apple’s software department, Craig Federighisuch an initiative would be a step backwards.