According to the report: “In parallel with its ongoing and future competition enforcement, the Commission will examine whether it is appropriate to propose legislation aimed at securing a right of access under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions, to technical infrastructures considered necessary to support the provision of payment services”.
While the EU doesn’t point out Apple by title, the transfer is believed to be aimed on the iPhone-maker, provided that it does reference an antitrust investigation launched by the European Commission towards Apple Pay earlier this 12 months. Furthermore, a number of banks and different monetary establishments have additionally complained concerning the firm’s unwillingness to offer them entry to the NFC know-how in iPhones, which could lastly change if the EU decides to go forward with its plan.
Apple is but to reply to the report, however the firm has earlier vehemently argued towards opening up its NFC tech to third-party operators citing privateness and data-security considerations. According to Apple, releasing its NFC know-how to third-party operators may jeopardize consumer privateness and heighten the chance of fraud. The official EU assertion on the matter might be launched subsequent week, and in accordance with the report, would come with safeguards towards attainable fraud by malicious actors.