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North Dakota bill that would have affected the Apple App Store doesn’t pass

According to the North Dakota government website, a bill (SB2333) bill that would clamp down on app stores such as Apple’s failed 11 to 36.

Proponents of the bill say the legislation would clamp down on app stores seen as monopolistic, but opponents see it as interference and potentially harmful, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

If passed, the bill would ban app stores such as Apple and Google Play from requiring app developers to exclusively use their app store and payment system, and prohibit retaliating. Violations would be considered an unlawful practice under state law, opening a door to lawsuits.

“The purpose of the bill is to level the playing field for app developers in North Dakota and protect customers from devastating, monopolistic fees imposed by big tech companies,” Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo, sponsor of the bill, told The Tribune, referring to a 30% fee imposed by Apple and Google on in-app purchases, which he said penalizes small app developers “by raising prices and limiting choices for consumers.” 

Apple Chief Privacy Engineer Erik Neuenschwander told the Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee the bill “threatens to destroy iPhone as you know it” by mandating changes which he said would “undermine the privacy, security, safety, and performance that’s built into iPhone by design.”

“Simply put, we work hard to keep bad apps out of the App Store; (the bill) could require us to let them in,” he said.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.