France Seeks Payback for Apple refusing to Assist their Native Contact Tracing App by proposing a new EU Law to Force Apple's hand
In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "While France is known for their great wines, more recently they've been better known for their whiny threat and attitude towards Apple." Our report pointed out France's Digital Minister Cedric O lashing out against Apple for not cooperating with their Country's contact-tracing app. "Apple could have helped us to make sure the app would work even better on iPhones," he ranted, adding that a company that has never been in a better economic shape is not helping the government to fight the crisis. We will remember that." We're learning today that indeed the French Government may in fact be trying to get back at Apple as promised.
According to a new report, "the European Union (EU) is reportedly set to consider new laws that would prohibit mobile device makers, like Apple, from restricting access to the NFC technology in their products."
The new proposed law matches up exactly to the situation addressed earlier in this report proving it's pure and simple pay back time. So, who's abusing their power now?
The potential new rules follow the European Commission (EC) probing whether Apple was abusing its control of its devices by preventing third-party firms from using its NFC technology. Comparatively, Google enables third-party firms to access the NFC technology on Android devices, allowing other payments players to offer mobile wallets that can make contactless payments, just as Google Pay does.
Apple's exclusive control of its NFC technology has come under fire before, but the EU may be set to deal Apple its most serious blow yet. Apple won a complaint against several major Australian banks that took issue with the company's policy, and faces a recent law in Germany that would offer third parties access to its NFC technology. If the EU enacts rules that require Apple to share access to its NFC technology, it would impact its payments business in the whole region, and it's possible other countries that have antitrust concerns about tech companies like Apple, such as the US, would follow suit.
If Apple has to open access to its NFC technology in the EU, it may be able to hold on to its existing users, but it'll have to battle more heavily to win over new consumers.