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Apple Hit With IOS 14 Privacy Complaint In France

Apple Hit With IOS 14 Privacy Complaint In France

Will the IDFA have its day in court?

As developers scramble to prepare for Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes, which could roll out any day now, a French lobbying group is taking a different tack. France Digitale, which represents startups in the country, lodged a complaint with France’s data watchdog, the CNIL, on Tuesday over an alleged breach of EU privacy rules.

According to Reuters, the complaint alleges that Apple’s consent requirements in iOS 14 do not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, which requires explicit consent before collecting a user’s data. Although iPhone owners will be asked for permission in order to access their device ID, the default setting within iOS 14 allows Apple to track without clearly asking for consent. Antitrust problem, anyone? “It’s a startup version of David versus Goliath, but we are determined,” said France Digitale CEO Nicolas Brien in a statement. For its part, Apple blasted the allegations, calling them “a poor attempt by those who track users to distract from their own actions and mislead regulators and policymakers.”