IPhone buyers sent complaints to Rospotrebnadzor and the State Duma that Apple is bypassing the requirements of the law on the mandatory pre-installation of domestic applications, State Duma Deputy Anton Gorelkin said on his Telegram channel. Instead of loading them by default when launching the window for selecting Russian applications, Apple ID gave an error or offered to skip the option, writes the Kommersant newspaper. In addition to problems with the choice of applications when activating Apple ID, the Safari browser does not provide an opportunity to choose a Russian search engine – by default there is Google.
As Gorelkin told the publication, in the near future he will contact the Ministry of Tsifra and Rospotrebnadzor with a request to check the pre-installation of domestic software on Apple devices.
The Rospotrebnadzor told the publication that an iPhone without preinstalled software can be recognized as low-quality and the consumer has the right to claim a refund for the purchase. In the Ministry of Digital Science, the newspaper called the bypassing the pre-installation of Russian software a “technical problem” and assured that “with the next update they will be eliminated.”
Amendments to the law “On consumer protection” (the so-called law on mandatory pre-installation of software) were adopted in 2019. According to the bylaws to it, software from the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union must be installed on all smartphones, tablets, laptop and stationary computers, and also Smart TV, which will be sold in Russia from April 1, 2021.
The list of applications includes browsers, antivirus and mapping software, instant messengers, mail agents and agents of online cinemas, the State Services application, the application of the Mir Pay payment system, etc. The number of required programs varies depending on the type of devices (most of them are on Android -smartphones – 16 items). The list approved by the government earlier this year includes products from Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Kaspersky Lab, Rostelecom, Channel One, Vedomosti newspaper and other major Russian Internet and media companies.
In March 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that introduces fines for selling gadgets without Russian software preinstalled. According to the document, the fine for officials can range from 30,000 to 50,000 rubles, for legal entities – from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles. The law entered into force on July 1, 2021.