France probes Apple over iPhone planned obsolescence complaint

TechCrunch | 1/9/2018 | Natasha Lomas
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French authorities are investigating whether Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones in order to increase sales, AFP reports.

The move follows a complaint by a French consumer group, HOP, that campaigns against planned obsolescence and which filed a complaint against Apple in December.

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Programmed obsolescence is illegal in France under a 2015 law which prohibits “the use of techniques by which the person responsible for the marketing of a product aims to deliberately reduce the duration to increase the replacement rate “.

The law carries a penalty of a maximum sentence of two years in prison and up to 5 per cent of a company’s annual turnover.

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AFP cites a judicial source stating that the Paris prosecutor’s office of the Directorate General of Competition, Consumption and Repression of Frauds opened a preliminary investigation against Apple on January 5, for “programmed obsolescence” and “deception”.

We’ve contacted Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.

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