The government’s efforts to restrain Apple are apparently being stepped up with the filing of an antitrust action by the Department of Justice.
According to reports, the US Department of Justice lawsuit is heavily centered on allegations against Tile, a manufacturer of location-tracking gadgets. With its AirTag product, Apple made an attempt to compete with Tile and other similar businesses.
In 2021, Tile expressed its worries to Congress regarding AirTags and Apple’s Find My App. Along with AirTag, Apple’s privacy enhancements made it more difficult for businesses to access location data.
Three unnamed individuals claim that San Francisco-based federal attorneys are in charge of the inquiry and have contacted Tile’s business partners. Both iOS and the App Store were referenced in those sessions.
Apple’s payment system regulations are the source of grievances for the App Store. Apple must be used by developers for payment processing, not a different business.
A well-known developer, Epic Games, spearheaded the legal attack on Apple with a claim that is quite similar to Tile’s. Both parties are appealing the federal judge’s decision that Apple does not possess a monopoly over the App Store in that case. In late October, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has one planned.
Another antitrust law being considered by Congress tries to stop Big Tech from promoting its own services. Congress is now in session, so it is on hold.
Its name is the American Choice and Innovation Act, and it would impose limitations on tech behemoths like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Meta. Early in 2022, it underwent revision in response to complaints from businesses and lawmakers.
According to Apple, the bill’s original form would expose users to unanticipated privacy and security risks. The corporation stated that it “believes the proposed solutions fall well short of the protections customers require” and urged lawmakers to make additional adjustments in order to prevent these unintended consequences.
The modifications would ease Apple’s defense of its privacy features while still requiring it to provide side-loading, a feature that enables customers to obtain software from sources other than the App Store.