Apple believes five antitrust reform laws could undermine innovation and competition in technology and spark a “race to the bottom” for security and privacy. Apple set out its concerns in a letter sent ahead of the House Judiciary Committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss the proposed laws.
The letter, sent to Chairs Jerrold Nadler and David Cicilline, and senior members Jim Jordan and Ken Buck, contains Apple’s arguments as to why the government needs to reconsider the five bills.
Sideloading is bad, mmkay?
Apple is struggling with side-loading, the practice of allowing users to sideload apps onto their iPhones outside of the app store. Apple says doing so would undermine iPhone security.
“The iPhone is uniquely suited for those who don’t want to weigh the risk every time they download an app,” writes Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director for Government Affairs, Americas. “Some customers might want to do this, but Congress shouldn’t force it …