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Apple and company to be held accountable for Russian regulation?
4 Feb '20
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) is considering an amendment to new Russian telecom sector regulation that would require that the U.S.’ largest operating systems (OS) developers—Apple, Google, and Microsoft—be held responsible alongside the manufacturers of smartphones, tablets and PCs for the pre-installation of Russian apps and programs on their products, the Russian business daily Kommersant reported, citing a source at FAS.
Also, the competition watchdog reportedly wants Apple, Google and Microsoft to enable complete deletion of all of their pre-installed software, including proprietary programs, at the full discretion of the customer, if that doesn’t disrupt a device’s operation.
On July 1, 2020, a new law will take effect in Russia which stipulates for pre-installed apps, except utility programs, to be fully deletable. It’s a two-stage process; Russian-made maps and search apps will have to be installed this year and anti-malware, government service apps, messengers and social networks next year.
Experts approached by Kommersant are sure the OS makers are unlikely to abide by the requirement as a money-losing practice, unless seriously sanctioned by the Russian state.