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Russia Plans to Ban iPhone Sales if Local Apps Are Not Preloaded

Russia Plans to Ban iPhone Sales if Local Apps Are Not Preloaded

The Russian government has passed a new law, according to which, it is mandatory for devices such as iPhones that are sold in the country to come pre-loaded with local Russian applications. Any device that fails to comply with the new rule will be banned from being sold in Russia starting July 2020.

Various reports online suggest that electronics devices that come under the new law include smartphones, computers, and televisions. However, exact details regarding the type of electronics that fall under the new rule are currently unknown.

What we also don’t know at the moment is which applications or what kind of applications will manufacturers have to preload on their devices. Fortunately, the new rule does not stop brands from pre-loading non-Russian applications.

So, why did the Russian government take this step? Well, according to Oleg Nikolayev, co-author of Russia’s legislation, electronic devices mostly come pre-installed with western applications, which makes customers think that there are no other alternatives to those apps. If the gadgets come loaded with Russian applications, people will have a right to choose.

According to the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment, a Russian organization, it is not possible to ship each device with local Russian applications. The organization believes that brands would prefer to leave the Russian market rather than complying with the new rule.

You should also know that the local Russian applications that will come pre-loaded in the gadgets in the future won’t have to a pass stricter vetting process, like those that go through Apple’s App Store. So, it is possible for these local Russian pre-loaded apps to bring spyware along with them. Therefore, brands won’t be able to promise their customers that their gadgets are completely safe against threats.

Source: BBC

via iPhone Hacks http://www.iphonehacks.com/2019/11/russia-plans-ban-iphone-sales-preload-local-russian-apps.html
link : http://www.iphonehacks.com/2019/11/russia-plans-ban-iphone-sales-preload-local-russian-apps.html
November 22, 2019 at 10:42PM

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