The alternative distribution is “a big misunderstanding”, according to Ivan Krstić!

Apple's security chief is against alternative app stores on the iPhone

Apple faces one of the most important changes in its ecosystem

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Until a few weeks ago, it seemed imminent that Apple would accept third-party app stores in Europe. However, the situation took a turn a few days ago, those from Cupertino filed a legal appeal against the Digital Markets Law of the European Union, challenging the obligation. But whatever decision must be made, Apple has always opposed this measure. In a recent interview, Apple’s security chief explained why.

According to the report published by The Independent, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstić explained all the reasons why Apple invests so much in the security and privacy of its devices, especially the iPhone and why third party stores don’t offer as much “freedom” as argued.

Given the possibility that users could use alternative third-party stores, Krstić considers that _“the idea that people are being given an additional choice (including the option to stick with the App Store and maintain its protections) is false”:_

“It is a big misunderstanding, which we have tried to explain again and again. The reality of what alternative distribution requirements allow is that the software that users in Europe need to use (sometimes commercial software, other times personal software, social software, things they want to use) may only be available outside the storedistributed alternatively.

“In that case, those users do not have the option of obtaining that software through a distribution mechanism they trust. And then, in fact, just “It is not true that users retain the option they have today of obtaining all their software from the App Store.”.

In the same interview with The Independent, Krstić explained the company’s constant and anticipated work to fight threats from cybercriminalswhich many years ago stopped aiming to extract passwords and banking details.

Taking into account the importance of smartphones in geopolitics,Apple experiments with many features that ultimately aim to prevent outsiders from accessing other devices. A great example of the extent of this risk is Pegasus, a highly targeted spyware used to hack phones and monitor its users and which a few years ago exposed human rights activists, journalists, diplomats.

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