Apple Pay violates competitive mobile wallet practices, rules the European Commission

Apple Pay violates competitive mobile wallet practices, rules the European Commission
Тhe anticompetitive arm of the European Commission (EC) is ready with its so-called preliminary view opinion on Apple's exclusive control of the NFC contactless payment technology that Apple Pay uses to authorize payments with the iPhone or the Apple Watch.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the EC preliminary view comes with a lengthy statement of objections that insists Apple's walled garden approach to mobile payments is restrictive to the competition in the fintech industry and especially in its mobile wallet efforts.

The Commission will recommend that Apple Pay be opened to third-party payment processors that is sure to raise some eyebrows over at Cupertino which has been adamant that its walled garden approach is ensuring a smooth and secure experience for its customers. According to the EU Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, the competition commissioner:

While that is certainly true, a similar thing can be said for other mobile wallets like Google Pay or Samsung Pay, although Google's mobile payment solution works on multiple devices running Android. Apple commented that it will "continue to engage with the Commission to ensure European consumers have access to the payment option of their choice in a safe and secure environment."

According to the WSJ, "once the new law comes into effect, so-called gatekeeper companies could face fines of up to 10% of their global annual revenue. Repeated infringements could raise the limit to 20% or lead to a ban on some acquisitions," all the while the Silicon Valley giants are in hot water over in Europe over what the EC perceives as anti-competitive and monopolistic behaviour on numerous other fronts.
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