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Apple to file challenge over Digital Markets Act in EU court

An Apple logo is pictured outside an Apple store in Lille, France, September 13, 2023. REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq/File Photo
An Apple logo is pictured outside an Apple store in Lille, France, September 13, 2023. REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq/File Photo

Apple to file challenge over Digital Markets Act in EU court. According to a report from Bloomberg News on Friday, citing individuals familiar with the situation, Apple (AAPL.O) is planning to contest the decision of the European Union to include the entirety of the App Store in the bloc’s new digital antitrust list.

According to the source, the manufacturer of iPhones has not finalized their appeal yet, and it may undergo revisions before the deadline of November 16 to submit objections to the EU’s General Court.

Reuters’ request for comment was not immediately met with a response from Apple, and the European Union declined to comment.

The Digital Markets Act (DMA), which has been in effect for most businesses since May, is a stringent piece of legislation that targets the market clout of big technology corporations and tries to make it simpler for individuals to switch between rival services. The DMA was passed to combat anti-competitive business practices.

Recently, the EU Commission classified 22 major technology companies as “gatekeepers” of online services. This designation requires these companies to make their messaging applications compatible with their competitors and to allow consumers to choose which apps should be pre-installed on their devices.

The DMA regulates various services, including Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google Search, Apple’s Safari, Amazon.com’s marketplace, Bytedance-owned TikTok, and Meta Platforms-owned Facebook.

In addition to the Digital Services Act, which sets rules for targeting users, data practices, and sharing data with the government, these two policies will likely bring about significant changes on the platforms they cover.

Apple will still be compelled to comply with the guidelines beginning in March, notwithstanding the possibility of appealing the decision.

As a result of the new regulations imposed by the organization, Apple stated in a filing that it anticipates making modifications to the App Store.

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