What you need to know
- A House Judiciary Committee has approved a package of bills designed to curb big tech.
- The will now be voted on by the House and the Senate.
- They include measures that would seek to prevent companies like Apple from competing with services on the platforms they manage.
A package of antitrust bills designed to curb the power of companies like Apple has been approved by a House Judiciary Committee and will move to a vote in the House.
As WSJ reports:
As the report notes, the mainstay is a bill called the American Choice and Innovation Online act, that would stop businesses from preferring their own services on platforms they run, for example Apple Music on the iPhone and the App Store. This bill was a close call and only passed by a vote of 24-20, suggesting it could face stiffer opposition further down the line.
Other bills include plans to make it easier for users to move their data between platforms, for example when switching from iOS to Android, as well as changes to how large companies carry out mergers and acquisitions.
The bills are designed to address some of the biggest antitrust complaints raised against companies like Apple, but they are not without their critics. In a recent essay, Benedict Evans highlighted some of the flaws in the proposed legislation:
In an unusual move, Apple has gone on the offensive to quash the prospect of sideloading on iOS and other practices that could be forced by emerging measures, warning of the grave dangers posed by the practice in a paper yesterday and stating such a practice would eliminate choice for users.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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