The Netherlands Authority for Shoppers and Markets has turned a essential eye to producers that restrict entry to any smartphone’s near-field communications system.
Apple was not named straight within the probe. Nonetheless, the Cupertino tech large has a lengthy historical past of being criticized for limiting entry to the iPhone NFC chip, making it clear who the investigation targets.
Banks and competing monetary firms worldwide have complained that by limiting entry, Apple forces customers to solely use providers appropriate with Apple’s personal Apple Pay.
In response to Bloomberg, the Dutch authority “will examine whether or not limiting the cost apps’ entry to NFC communication reduces the customers’ freedom of selection,” it mentioned. If it “does set up a violation, it could lead to a penalty, corresponding to a fantastic.”
As regular, Apple’s response to the criticism is to remind each investigators and shoppers that Apple Pay limits entry to the NFC system for safety functions.