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Apple to Support Alternate App Store Options via Sideloading in Europe

Apple will reportedly be introducing alternative App Store options via sideloading in Europe. The unprecedented move comes as the Cupertino company works to comply with incoming European Union (EU) requirements set for 2024. In order to comply with EU requirements, incoming changes could see users be able to download apps outside of the App Store,...

EU Forces Apple’s Hand: USB-C iPhone Law Approved

The European Council on Monday rendered its "final approval" for new European Union (EU) legislation that will force USB-C adoption on most devices from technology companies — most notably Apple, which has held out on iPhones and AirPods while transitioning the rest of its product portfolio to the almost-universal standard. It looks like the days...

Apple Pay is Anticompetitive Says European Union

Apple has been charged with breaking the European Union (EU)'s competition laws for allegedly taking advantage of Apple Pay's dominant position in the mobile payments space to limit competitors' access to contactless payments technology — reports The Financial Times. In a Monday statement, the European Commission raised concerns that Apple may be preventing rivals from...

Apple Prefers Fines vs Compliance, Claims EU Competition Regulator

The European Union's head of digital policy believes Apple would rather continue to pay fines than accept new App Store regulation. The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) handed the tech giant a €5 million fine this week, after Apple was accused of limiting access for non-Apple payment methods on subscriptions to dating apps....

Apple’s Craig Federighi Says EU Proposal Undermines iPhone Security

Speaking at this year's Web Summit in Lisbon earlier today, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi knocked on the European Union's proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA), which the exec said would undermine security on the iPhone and result in a malware "gold rush." The news comes from tech columnist Jason Aten (@JasonAten),...

EU Antitrust Regulators to Charge Apple With Antitrust Charges Over Apple Pay

The EU is investigating Apple over Apple Pay and alleged anti-competitive practices. A new Reuters report indicates that EU antitrust regulators are prepping themselves to charge Apple for anti-competitive practices surrounding the use of contactless payments. With the introduction of Apple Pay, the company has incorporated an NFC chip in its mobile devices since 2014 to...

Apple, Google, Facebook Reportedly on EU Regulatory ‘Hit List’

The European Commission has begun drafting a "hit list" of big tech companies is wishes to impose tougher restrictions on. The likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook could soon find themselves on a new EU "hit list" that's designed to curb their market power and increase competition. According to a new report from Financial Times, this new hit list...

EU Committee Proposes Banning Backdoors and Enforcing Data Encryption

The European Union has long been one region which has done more than most to protect the data and online privacy of its citizens. Now, a European parliamentary committee has proposed a ban on backdoors that allow governments to access encrypted communications. According to a new report from Engadget, European members of Parliament are calling for...

Facebook Fined $122 Million By EU Regulators Over WhatsApp Deal

The European Union has fined Facebook $122 million for providing regulators misleading information during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition. The misleading information raised concerns about the data sharing between the two services. The EU Commission will not undo the acquisition because "the incorrect or misleading information provided by Facebook did not have an impact...

EU Deal Ends Roaming Charges on June 15, 2017

What seemed to hit a roadblock earlier last year is now closer to reality than ever before: the European Union today announced that negotiators have reached an agreement which would end roaming charges for mobile subscribers across Europe (via Venturebeat). This is a huge step toward the ambitious plan to create a Digital Single Market...