Apple informs the US Senate that sideloading apps is dangerous for user safety and privacy.
Apple wrote to the US Senate, urging them to oppose an antitrust bill that would allow users to sideload apps. Nonetheless, a letter from the tech giant claimed that carrying out the proposal would be hazardous to consumers. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will debate whether the Cupertino company should be forced to open its iDevices.
The legislation, according to Tim Powderly, Apple’s Head of Government Affairs in the Americas, “would make it easier for big social media platforms to avoid the pro-consumer practices of Apple’s App Store, and allow them to continue business as usual.”
The bill, S.2710, has bipartisan support and is expected to be approved by the Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Bloomberg speculated that it would face a more brutal fight in the Senate.
The measure will damage Apple’s 15-30% cut of each software sale or in-app purchase and threaten the security of phones with sideloaded apps. According to Powderly, such an action would “enable bad actors to evade Apple’s privacy and security protections” “these provisions would allow malware, scams, and data exploitation to proliferate.” he continued.
It’s worth noting that Apple products like the iPad and iPhone are the only ones this proposal would harm. Apps may now be downloaded and installed on Macs from any third-party website.
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