January 19, 2022
“The bills put consumers in harm’s way because of the real risk of privacy and security breaches,” Apple’s senior director of government affairs, Timothy Powderly, wrote in a letter to the Senate Justice Committee, according to CNBC. If Apple is forced to enable “sideloading,” Powderly added, “millions of Americans will likely suffer malware attacks on their phones that would otherwise have been stopped.”
Currently, only Apple-approved programs can be installed on iPhones and iPads via the App Store. The two bills currently under consideration in committee might outlaw the practice, which Apple says increases “consumer welfare” and should be kept.