Thursday, April 15, 2021

Apple will respect Russian law by offering government approved apps

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Apple would have agreed to show Russian Users are prompted to preinstall certain apps when they first use an iPhone or other device. If a user does not select one of the government approved apps, it will not be installed, according to the newspaper Knowledge. The company has reportedly accepted the measure to comply with a law that comes into force on April 1.

Russian-made applications include Mail.ru courier service, the MIR payment system, the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki and Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, according to RFE. Android users would not have the option to opt out and all software will be preinstalled on these devices.

Knowledge Apple said confirmed these plans to the newspaper. Engadget has contacted the company for further details.

The new rules will require all devices sold in Russia (including smartphones, PCs, tables and smart TVs) to include apps preinstalled. The software includes social media services, public service applications for payments, public service information, and antivirus.

The official purpose of the law is to support Russian developers and help citizens use their devices. However, some government critics suggest the apps could be used for surveillance.

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