European Union Announces Its New DMA

Apple is concerned about the planned European Union (EU) digital regulation, which would oblige the company to enable consumers to install software from sources other than the App Store.

The DMA would require Apple to enable customers to install programs from third-party sources (also known as sideloading) and let developers use the App Store without using Apple’s payment mechanisms.

“Some elements of the DMA would create unwanted privacy and security risks for our consumers,” Apple said, “while others will prevent us from charging for intellectual property in which we have invested heavily.”

European Union Wants To Aid Smaller Tech Firms

The owner of a smartphone, according to European Commission spokesperson Johannes Bahrke, should be able to choose how to use it. The European Union DMA might take effect as soon as October of this year. Apple has always been a vocal opponent of iPhone sideloading.

According to the firm, allowing sideloading would compromise the security of the iOS platform and expose customers to major security threats not only on third-party app shops but also on the App Store.

Sideloading, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, would “break the security of the iPhone.” The law targets firms with market capitalizations of more than €75 billion or yearly revenues of more than €75 billion in the EU, such as Google, Meta, Apple, and Amazon, as well as Chinese IT behemoths operating on the continent, such as e-commerce behemoth Alibaba.

The European Union has revealed comprehensive changes to reduce Big IT’s market clout, including a new digital act that would allow smaller businesses to compete with US-based tech behemoths.

The European Union legislators decided that if smaller messaging platforms seek it, the major message services must open up and interoperate with them. Until far, the EU has dealt with antitrust concerns on a case-by-case basis, but the DMA aims to implement broad reforms that would affect the whole digital market.