Japan Passes Law to Allow Third-Party App Stores on the iPhone

New Japanese legislation requires Apple to allow third-party app stores and payment providers on iPhones, challenging tech giants’ market dominance. The Act on Promotion of Competition for Specified Smartphone Software, passed by Parliament, mandates significant changes to Apple’s business practices. This includes allowing third-party app stores, third-party payment services, user choice screens at setup, and forbidding preferential treatment and data acquisition. Failure to comply could lead to hefty fines. Apple expressed concerns about user privacy and data security but will engage with the implementation process. Japan joins international efforts like EU’s DMA to regulate tech companies, with Epic Games planning to bring Fortnite to iOS by late 2025.


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