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Apple warns of cybercrime risks if EU forces it to allow others’ software

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BRUSSELS, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) on Wednesday ramped up its criticism of EU draft guidelines that may power it to allow customers to set up software from exterior its App Store, citing the risks posed by cybercriminals and malware.

The iPhone maker has been a fierce critic of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s proposed guidelines, which have been introduced final yr in a bid to rein in Apple, Amazon (AMZN.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google.

Building on CEO Tim Cook’s feedback in June concerning the risks to privateness and safety of iPhones, Apple on Wednesday revealed an evaluation on the threats of so-called side-loading. learn extra

“If Apple were forced to support sideloading, more harmful apps would reach users because it would be easier for cybercriminals to target them – even if sideloading were limited to third-party app stores only,” the report stated.

It warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party shops and infecting client units, whereas customers would have much less management over downloaded apps.

The research cited figures from cybersecurity providers supplier Kaspersky Lab which confirmed almost six million assaults monthly affected Android cellular units.

Apple additionally took a swipe at digital advertisers with whom it is at loggerheads over its new privateness controls designed to restrict them from monitoring iPhone customers.

“Large companies that rely on digital advertising allege that they have lost revenue due to these privacy features, and may therefore have an incentive to distribute their apps via sideloading specifically to bypass these protections,” the report stated.

Vestager’s draft guidelines want the inexperienced mild from EU lawmakers and EU nations earlier than they’ll develop into legislation, seemingly to be in 2023.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee
Editing by Mark Potter

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