From The Verge's "Everything you need to know about the bill that could blow up the app store" posted Wednesday:
You can read the Open App Markets Act or S. 2710 for yourself — unlike some omnibus tech reform bills, it’s not that long. But basically, it says companies that operate app stores with more than 50 million US users shouldn’t engage in certain potentially anti-competitive behaviors. That includes:
- Requiring developers to use the company’s own in-app payment processor as a condition of using the store
- Penalizing a developer for offering better prices on another app store
- Restricting developers from directly contacting customers with business offers
- Using private analytics data from third-party apps to build its own competitors
- “Unreasonably” preferencing its own apps in search results
If a company that owns an app store also controls the underlying operating system, it also has to make it easy for users to perform the following tasks:
- Install third-party apps without using the App Store
- Choose third-party apps and app stores as system defaults
- Uninstall or hide preinstalled apps
- Companies that break the rules could be subject to antitrust enforcement from the
- Federal Trade Commission, the Attorney General, and state attorneys general, as
SO THE BILL IS AIMED AT APPLE AND GOOGLE?
My take: Now the question is whether any part of it will become the law of the land.