Apple CEO moves his battle over the App Store to Washington

Tim Cook criticized the possible measures that legislators want to apply against his App Store on iPhones.

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Apple chief Tim Cook criticized in Washington on Tuesday the eventual approval of measures to regulate the App Store , arguing that they could threaten the privacy of iPhone users.

His remarks come as legislation has gained momentum that could weaken Apple ‘s dominance of the app market , which some accuse of being monopolistic.

“We are deeply concerned about regulations that would undermine privacy and security for the sake of some other goal,” Cook told a meeting of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

“Proponents of these regulations argue that simply giving people a choice would do no harm, but taking away a safer option will leave users with less choice, not more,” he added.

Laws against you

Lawmakers in the United States and other countries are working to force Apple to allow apps to access the iPhone from places other than the App Store , which is currently the only gateway to the company’s billions of devices that are sold on the iPhone. they use globally.

Apple and Google have a dominant position in the market, and their operating systems run on the vast majority of the world’s smartphones.

Apple has clashed in court with the company that created Fortnite, Epic Games, which has tried to break Apple ‘s control over the App Store, accusing the company of imposing a monopoly with its store of digital goods or services.

In November, a federal judge ordered Apple to loosen control over its App Store payment options , but said Epic Games had been unable to prove monopolistic behavior.

Apple has also recently clashed with regulators in Europe.

Allowing iPhone users to download apps from digital stores other than the App Store would impede Apple ‘s work to detect malicious code or data collection mechanisms, Cook said.

“That means data-hungry companies could circumvent our privacy rules and once again track our users against their will,” he added.

Critics have countered that Apple uses the App Store to its advantage, taking a cut of financial transactions and keeping app creators under its control.

“If we are forced to allow unvetted apps on the iPhone, the unintended consequences will be profound,” Cook argued. “We will continue to make our voices heard on this issue.” (AFP)