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EU Brands Apple’s iPadOS as Gatekeeper in Tech Crackdown

 |  April 29, 2024
The European Union has designated Apple’s iPadOS as a “gatekeeper” under its new tech regulations. This decision, announced on April 29, 2024, reflects the EU’s commitment to regulating major technology companies and fostering a fair digital market.

The designation of iPadOS as a gatekeeper by the European Commission underscores the critical role Apple’s operating system plays in the digital ecosystem. As a gatekeeper, iPadOS is recognized for its substantial influence over market access for app developers and services. This status brings with it a set of obligations aimed at fostering competition and innovation, while preventing any unfair practices that could harm consumers and smaller businesses.

Under the new EU tech rules, gatekeepers are subject to stringent regulations designed to promote a level playing field in the digital sector. These include mandates to make their platforms more accessible to competitors and to refrain from practices that could disadvantage other market participants.

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According to Reuters, the European Commission’s decision reflects its commitment to ensuring that the digital market operates transparently and equitably, benefiting both consumers and businesses alike.

This decision is part of the EU’s broader Digital Markets Act (DMA), a legislative framework established to curb the monopolistic tendencies of tech giants and to encourage a more competitive digital environment. The DMA represents a significant step forward in the EU’s digital strategy, aiming to set a global standard for the regulation of digital markets.

Apple’s iPadOS joins a list of other major technology platforms and services that have been identified as gatekeepers under the EU’s new regulations. This development is expected to have far-reaching implications for the tech industry, potentially setting the stage for similar regulatory actions in other jurisdictions.

Source: Reuters