Apple will face EU antitrust lawsuits over interfering with third-party apps from the iPhone NFC paymenttech

Apple will face EU antitrust lawsuits over interfering with third-party apps from the iPhone NFC pay ...

According to the Financial Times, EU investigators led by competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager will accuse Apple of prohibiting third-party service providers, such as PayPal and leading banks, from having access to its mobile wallet system.

The trial, which was first opened in 2020, relates to Apple''s Near Field Communication (NFC) payment technology in iPhones. This means that PayPal, Venmo, and banks may not provide a similar NFC experience to iPhone users via their own apps. Apple claims that allowing them complete access would impair the privacy of its users.

Apple is no stranger to EU antitrust allegations. It was investigated for charging third parties a 30 percent fee for putting their apps on the App Store while advertising its own competing services on the market. In April 2021, the commission found Apple in violation of EU competition regulations.

Apple has filed more antitrust charges in the European Union as a result of an earlier investigation into how music streaming is performed and promoted within the Apple ecosystem. After a complaint was submitted by Spotify in 2019.

The European Parliament has recently approved the Digital Markets Act, which requires platform holders like Apple to allow users to download apps from third-party sources, or sideloading, a practice that CEO Tim Cook has long opposed dowing to the risk it poses to users, and certainly not because it would reduce the amount of money Apple makes from the App Store.

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