Apple slams Germany over payment services law

Friday, 15. November 2019 13:11

Apple criticized Germany for passing legislation to make the company open its Apple Pay services to other providers in the country, claiming such action could pose a threat to customer data protection and financial information security.

Even though the legislation didn't name Apple per se, it is focused on forcing electronic payment operators to enable paid access to their rivals. Apple commented: "We are surprised at how suddenly this legislation was introduced. We fear that the draft law could be harmful to user friendliness, data protection and the security of financial information."

Jens Zimmermann, a senior lawmaker from the Social Democrats (SPD), junior coalition partners to conservatives of German chancellor Angela Merkel said Merkel’s office pushed for the committee to withdraw the amendment adding that it is "quite unusual for the Chancellor’s office to try and stop something in the last minute."

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