Security & privacy risk: Apple’s Cook takes aim at EU tech rules
The proposed Digital Markets Act aims at curbing the power of United States tech giants.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in his first public comments about the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, said he feared the draft rules 'would destroy the security of the iPhone' and a lot of the privacy initiatives built into the App Store [File: Stephen Lam/Reuters]
16 Jun 2021
Apple boss Tim Cook took aim on Wednesday at proposed European Union rules aimed at curbing the power of United States tech giants, saying they could pose security and privacy risks to iPhones.
Cook, in his first public comments about the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, said parts were good but others were not. He said he feared the draft rules would lead to more installing of apps that do not come via Apple’s App Store, or “side-loading”.
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“You take an example here where I don’t think it’s in the best interest [of the user]: the current DMA language that is being discussed would force side-loading on the iPhone,” the Apple CEO, speaking remotely, said at VivaTech, France´s biggest tech conference.
“And so this would be an ultimate way of getting apps onto the iPhone,” he said. “It would destroy the security of the iPhone, and a lot of the privacy initiatives that we’ve built into the App Store or the privacy intrusion labels and app-tracking transparency.”
Earlier this month, EU lawmaker Andreas Schwab, who is leading the European Parliament scrutiny of the draft rules, said he wanted to beef up the legislation and narrow its scope to just big companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook.
Apple would take part in the debate and try to find a way forward, Cook said.
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