By Mathieu Rosemain and Foo Yun Chee
PARIS / BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Apple boss Tim Cook on Wednesday pointed to proposed European rules to curb the power of US tech giants, saying they could pose security and privacy risks to iPhones.
Cook, in his first public comments on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, said parts were good but others were not. He said he feared the draft rules would lead to increased installation of applications that do not come through Apple’s App Store (NASDAQ :), or “side-loading.”
“Take an example here where I don’t think it’s in the best interest (of the user): the current DMA language being discussed would force side loading on the iPhone,” said the Apple CEO, speaking remotely, on VivaTech, the largest technology conference in France.
“And this would be the best way to install applications on the iPhone,” he said. “It would destroy the security of the iPhone and many of the privacy initiatives that we have built into the App Store or the privacy intrusion tags and application tracking transparency,” he added.
Earlier this month, EU lawmaker Andreas Schwab, who is leading the European Parliament’s scrutiny of the draft rules, said he wanted to tighten the legislation and limit its scope to large companies such as Google (NASDAQ :), Amazon ( NASDAQ :), Apple and Facebook (NASDAQ :).
Apple would take part in the debate and try to find a way forward, Cook said.
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