An investigation into deceptive marketing practices and planned obsolescence was launched in December 2022 A complaint was filed The Paris prosecutor’s office announced Monday, May 15, that the French association (HOP) is dropping planned litigation against US smartphone giant Apple. Investigations into the complaint alleging faulty repair of Apple devices have been handed over to the National Investigation Service of the General Directorate of Competition, Consumerism and Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF), which confirmed the association’s announcement.
A contactedThe latter stated that he believed this investigation “Allowing and Proving the Criminality of Serial Practices” Belongs to the American team. These practices exist “Associating the serial numbers of spare parts to the smartphone, particularly through microchips, gives the manufacturer the ability to control repairs to unauthorized repairers or remotely tamper with a smartphone repaired with “common” parts.According to HOP.
Tim Cook in Paris in June
“When Tim Cook, Apple’s general manager, visited Paris in a month for the Vivatech event, ‘HOP calls on the smartphone manufacturer to guarantee the right to repair its devices in the logic of a true circular economy.’, writes the association. Agence France-Presse could not immediately reach Apple France for comment.
In February 2020, Apple agreed to pay a fine of 25 million euros in France as part of a criminal settlement to end a lawsuit for deceptive business practices. After a previous complaint by HOP, an investigation was opened in 2018, which condemned the facts of premature and voluntary aging of older iPhones, with the giant admitting that it voluntarily limits the performance of older models after a certain time. According to him “To extend their lives”.