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Apple Hit with Class Action Lawsuit by Developers in France

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP today filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of France-based iOS developers, alleging that Apple's App Store policies are anti-competitive. A key focus of the complaint is Apple's 30% commission on all transactions made through the App Store. Hagens Berman is coming hot off a win against Apple last...

Apple iPhones No Longer Include Free Earphones in France

According to MacRumors, Apple has confirmed that new iPhones are no longer shipping with included Lightning EarPods in France. In an update to its French website, the company has removed EarPods from the box contents of its iPhones. The contents now list only the ‌iPhone‌ itself and a USB-C to Lightning cable. Apple pulled Lightning EarPods...

France Asks Apple to Relax Bluetooth Privacy Standard for COVID-19 Tracking App Development

The French government has asked Apple to relax a Bluetooth privacy standard that is hampering the development of a mobile application being designed to track the spread of COVID-19. So says a new report from Bloomberg, explaining that France has become the first country to call publicly for Apple and Google to weaken privacy protections around digital contact tracing,...

French Government Allowed to Monitor Social Media for Tax Cheats

France will soon be monitoring social media accounts to catch suspected tax evaders. According to a new report from Reuters, France's constitutional court ruled on Friday that the government can pursue plans to trawl social media to detect tax avoidance, although it introduced limitations on what information can be collected following a privacy outcry. "The new...

Apple Reportedly Agrees to Pay France $571 Million USD in Back Taxes

Apple said it had reached an agreement with French authorities to settle 10 years of back taxes, becoming the latest US company to reach a deal with France which has led a European push for higher taxes on tech giants. [caption id="attachment_271970" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Apple Champs-Élysées[/caption] According to a new report from Reuters, Apple France confirmed the agreement...

French School Year Begins With Mobile Phone Ban For Children Under 15

Students in France have been banned from using their mobile phones during school hours after a new law has been passed prohibiting their use. According to a new report from Quartz, the ban covers all primary and middle schools in the country for the entire day, including during breaks, but with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children....

Apple Faces $573 Million Fine from French Authorities

Apple has been "surprised" by French authorities with a CAD$573 million (€400 million) tax bill, according to L’Express (via iDownloadblog). Interestingly, Apple has not been notified of the bill, while the Ministry of Economy and Finance declined to comment. Apple and its tax practices have been in the spotlight of French authorities, who issued the...

Apple to Open Imaging Research Lab in France

French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré reports that Apple will open a research laboratory in Grenoble, France. The lab will focus on developing imaging sensors for the iPhone and iPad, sources informed the French newspaper, as spotted by iPhone.fr (via iDownloadBlog). This seems a logical expansion of Apple's R&D efforts in the area, since about twenty...

French Lawmakers Back Proposal to Force Apple to Unlock iPhones

While Apple is fighting a court order forcing the company to create a backdoor to iDevices for law enforcement agencies, French lawmakers are preparing tough measures against tech companies and their executives who deny access to encrypted data in ongoing terrorist investigations, reports Bloomberg. We have previously reported that French lawmakers are preparing such a...