Might changes could seem due to Apple’s standardly pushing back against looming antitrust legislation in the United States. Senate Judiciary Committee had received a letter from Apple and obtained it by 9to5Mac. The letter specifically Apple’s anti-sideloading currency is “unfounded, disingenuous, and dishonest.” Also, this is claimed by counters.
This letter from Apple to the Senate Judiciary Committee is dated March 3 and signed by Timothy Powderly, the company’s senior director of government affairs. The letter was sent in response to allegations from cryptographer Bruce Schneier, who told lawmakers that Apple’s security concerns related to sideloading were “unfounded.”
Sideloading, the practice of downloading progress is currently considering a bill aimed at reining in app stores run by Apple and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google, which would require companies to allow sideloading.
Letter sent to key members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Apple said it was aware that a critic, computer security expert Bruce Schneier, had called its concerns about sideloading “unfounded. “Letter dated Thursday and sent to key members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Reuter report first
Reuters was the first to report on Apple’s response to Schneier, and 9to5Mac has now obtained a full copy of the document. Apple explains that the accusations made by Schneier are “particularly disappointing” and prove that “even talented technical practitioners” can confound the issues surrounding sideloading.
Apple point argues that most malware does not rely on technical tricks to gain access to devices but instead tricks the human user to download it. It argued that Apple’s review of apps that are put into the App Store “creates a high barrier against the most common scams used to distribute malware.”
Apple acknowledged that Schneier was correct that state-sponsored attackers could get through smartphones’ security controls but argued that these sorts of attacks are a “rare threat.”
“There is ample evidence showing third-party app stores are a key malware vector on platforms which support such stores,” Apple said in the letter which was viewed by Reuters.
It was sent to Senate Judiciary Committee chair Dick Durbin, the top Republican. Chuck Grassley as well as Amy Klobuchar, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, along with the top Republican, Mike Lee. The committee voted in early February to approve the bill.
The measure would also bar companies from requiring app providers to use their payment system. And prohibit them from punishing apps that offer different prices or conditions through another app store or payment system.
As they abused their outsized market power Over allegations. Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook (FB.O) and Amazon.com are the biggest technology companies, under pressure in Congress. A long list of bills is aimed at checking them in, but none have yet become law.
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