The European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager issued a reminder that the tech giant’s legal battles across the Atlantic are heating up.
Vestager warned that a probe into the company’s Apple Pay product is moving ahead on top of an investigation — escalated last month — into how the iPhone maker requires software developers to use its in-app purchasing system.
The Apple Pay case is “quite advanced” and “is something that we’re pushing forward,” Vestager said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
Apple Pay is the only mobile payment solution that can use the iPhone’s near-field communications “tap and go” functionality to make contactless payments.
While the EU is weighing potential rules over how phones should grant access to rival payment providers, she sees a need for more urgent action from antitrust enforcers.
“Legislation also takes a long time and a lot can happen in the market in the meantime if we don’t investigate,” she said.
MacDailyNews Take: The ditzy Vestager has yet to concoct a case that she can win against Apple.
The EU should not attempt to force Apple to open full access to iPhone’s NFC chip. Protecting iOS users’ security and privacy is paramount.