For some time now, Apple finds itself in a crossfire about some of its practices, especially regarding the implementation of new features that ended up taking off certain third party services. As we have reported, this situation has given Ma some prosecutions in which the company has been widely accused of anticompetitive practices.
Now, as reported by The Washington Post, members of the US Antitrust Committee are also questioning some of the new features of the iOS 13, especially with regard to privacy. More precisely, lawmakers are concerned that the new option which restricts users' access to location by third-party apps continually represents some form of anti-competitive practice.
As we mentioned, Apple has greatly reduced the ability of users to inadvertently enable location tracking features supposedly to improve user control over sharing their data. Previously, third-party apps could constantly request your location without being alerted by the user.
The point, however, is that Apple does not apply these same restrictions to its own features, such as Maps (Maps) or the Search app (Find My); including, the company does not inform users that the Search app can track devices offline, and this could also be used against the company in court.
We are increasingly concerned about using privacy as a shield for anti-competitive (Apple) conduct. There is a growing risk that without a strong privacy law in the United States, platforms will exploit their role as private regulators by putting a thumb on the balance in their own favor.
An Apple spokesman said the company is working with developers affected by the new location services policy.
We created the App Store with two goals in mind: being a safe and secure place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers. We continually work with developers and get their feedback on how to help protect user privacy, as well as provide the tools developers need to get the best app experience.
As we said, Ma is currently involved in a number of antitrust cases around the world, which include Apple Music, and especially the App Store now, the company is likely to have to make some more statements to the US Congress.
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