Another day, another (potential) lawsuit. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating complaints from developers over Apple’s “Sign in with Apple” option, according to The Information.
Apple says its “Sign in with Apple” button, which gives users the ability to hide their personal details from the app, is “pro privacy.” However, investigators are examining how Apple uses the sign-in button and other App Store rules to make it more difficult for users to switch to a rival device maker, according to The Information, quoting “two [unnamed] people, who have met regularly with the Justice Department over the past 18 months.”
“Sign in with Apple” is available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and, to some degree, the web. It’s designed to make it easy for users to sign in to their apps and websites using their Apple ID. Instead of filling out forms, verifying email addresses, and choosing new passwords, they can use Sign in with Apple to set up an account and start using your app right away. Apple says that all accounts are protected with two-factor authentication for superior security.
The Information says the DOJ hasn’t yet decided whether to sue Apple.