The year 2020 has introduced huge improvements to lives across the globe. Big Tech firms encountered lots of criticism about those activities in the aftermath of the spread of COVID-19. Apple launched the first 5G iPhones and the first pair of headphones. Samsung was speculated to intend to avoid the Galaxy Note collection. The list goes on.
The same exists for software and sports. This year, several famous games have been banned, withdrawn, or embroiled in several fascinating problems.
Here’s a brief glance at several disagreements over applications that marred 2020:
India bars Chinese softwares
As a consequence of major problems between the two nations, some famous applications from China were banned in India earlier this year. These applications, more than a hundred, included the WeChat messenger service, TikTok video sharing site, ES Web Explorer file organizer app and many more, recorded by the Android Authority.
The usage of user data was scrutinized for famous apps
Just this month, the Federal Trade Commission released an order forcing nine social media and video distribution platforms to include reports about “how personal information, their advertising and user engagement practices, and how their practices affect children and adolescents are collected, used and presented.”
These businesses include the shopping giant Amazon, the Chinese ByteDance corporation (which owns TikTok), Discord, Facebook, Reddit, Snapchat owner Snap, Email, WhatsApp controlled by Facebook and YouTube owned by Google.
COVID-19 Exposure Alerts
Apple and Google partnered to build an application that could be used to alert users whether they had been in touch with, or at least in near proximity to, an individual who had tested positive for the coronavirus by public health officials and other developers.
This API was intended to let individuals know whether they were at risk of becoming contaminated with the virus. And considering the fact that user-identifiable details would not be obtained by Apple and Google, users are concerned about their privacy being breached by such a mechanism.
Epic Games vs. Tech Giants
Since Epic Games tried to insert a different payment form and breached App Store policies, “Fortnite” was banned from the iOS App Store earlier this year. With Massive filing litigation against Apple and Google for the immense 30 percent cut, the businesses take from the developer any time it makes a sell on their sites, this finally escalated into a bigger crisis.
Epic created quite a sensation, attracting other firms to enter the fray against the two giants of technology. The legal tussles are far from done, yet.