With 43 votes in favor, one against and one abstention, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee provisionally adopted a future provision under the DMA, which states that large companies have an obligation to provide third parties with access to the software and hardware components of their products. I sell.
This provision is targeted at companies such as Google Facebook and Apple.
Apple, for example, would be required to allow third-party app stores to be installed on the iPhone and even make it easier for users to manually download downloaded apps.
The American giant opposes this, because it jeopardizes the revenues brought by the commission charged to the applications in the App Store. Officially, the US company says that these changes will reduce the security of users, although these things are already possible on its laptops.
“Opening” is also provided for communication applications. iMessage and WhatsApp, for example, will need to open their infrastructure for other chat applications, such as Telegram or Signal. Chat users will be able to communicate with each other no matter what application they use.
Finally, the hardware opening provision is clearly aimed at Apple, which does not allow third parties access to the NFC connection. Currently, it can only be used for payments by Apple Pay.
The DMA will vote in the European Parliament in July. It shall take effect 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.