Apple today filed a legal challenge to the European Union’s Digital Markets Act ahead of an impending requirement to enable app sideloading on its devices (via Reuters).
The Digital Markets Act (DMA), which came into force on November 1, 2022, requires “gatekeeper” companies to open up their services and platforms to other companies and developers. DMA will have a significant impact on Apple’s platforms, potentially forcing Apple to make major changes to the App Store, Messages, FaceTime, Siri, and more. For example, Apple will be required to allow users to “sideload” apps from outside the App Store. It appears that the company is already preparing to acquiesce to this demand in early 2024.
Apple’s new lawsuit challenges specific decisions made by the European Commission under the DMA, but the exact details of the challenge have not yet been made public. The lawsuit is expected to include a challenge to the App Store’s inclusion on a list of EU gatekeeper platforms that users can bypass if they wish. Sideloading of apps is required as an option. In a statement at the time, Apple said: bloomberg“We remain very concerned about the privacy and data security risks that DMA poses to our users.” Meta and TikTok have filed similar complaints challenging the European Commission’s inclusion of their services. ing.
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