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To comply with a new European Union competition law, Apple is making significant changes to the App Store and other services for consumers in Europe. Users in the EU will have the ability to use alternative app stores, banks can offer competing payment methods, and users can download alternative browsers.
The changes are some of the most tangible examples of how a checkerboard of laws and regulations is now fracturing people's technology experiences based on where they live.
The Digital Markets Act, a law passed in 2022 by the EU, is the driving force behind these changes. It aims to loosen the power of the world's largest tech companies in areas like e-commerce and social media. Other tech giants like Amazon, Meta, Google, and Microsoft have announced changes to comply with the law as well.
The shifts in the App Store stem from a 2022 law passed by the E.U. called the Digital Markets Act. The far-reaching law was aimed at loosening the power of the world's largest tech companies in areas like e-commerce, social media and messaging.