EU tech law risks destroying iPhone security, Apple chief warns

The CEO of Apple has warned that a proposed new European Union technology law aimed at reigning in tech behemoths could ‘destroy the security of the iPhone’.

Speaking at the VivaTech convention in Paris, Cook remarked that the proposed draft Digital Service Act and Digital Markets Act would also destroy the security of a lot of privacy initiatives that have been built into the Apple App Store.

According to Security Week, Cook said current proposals would give the EU the power to levy huge penalties on tech companies that violate competition rules or attempt to break them up.

The law could change how big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple do business – however, the draft laws still have a long way to go before it is signed in the law – having to pass through the EU’s 27 states and the European Parliament before it is signed.

Cook that current proposals in the law ‘would force side loading on the iPhone, so this will be an alternative way of getting apps onto the iPhone’. Side loading would enable users to install apps directly from publishers – something they are currently unable to do.

The Apple CEO also commented that some parts of the draft EU law ‘are not in the best interest of the user’, claiming that Apple will ‘constructively take part in the debate and hope that we can find a way forward’ in the shaping of the legislation.

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