Apple sent a letter to the US Senate Judiciary Committee warning that antitrust laws under review in the Senate could lead to an increase in cybersecurity incidents among iPhone owners. This may be partly because users may be allowed to download programs from third-party app stores.
Apple’s response reflects the company’s growing concerns about the possible passage of the American Choice and Innovation Online Act and the Open App Markets Act, which are being considered this week.
“Invoices put consumers at risk because they violate privacy and security,” Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director of public relations, in a letter.
American law about choice and innovation on the Internet, represented by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (D-Iowa), prohibits dominant platforms from favoring their own products or hindering competitors’ products and services.
Passing the law could have serious ramifications for companies like Apple and Google, which list competitor software solutions in their app stores alongside their own, and Amazon, which sells private label products alongside third-party branded products on its marketplace.
The Open App Markets Act, introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, will also prevent dominant platforms from favoring their own products, although it specifically targets app stores.
In particular, companies with dominant app stores such as Apple and Google are not allowed to impose a condition on the developer as to which payment system is used for payment within the software product.