Apple faces a criminal complaint in France regarding slowing down old iPhone


Apple could face criminal charges in France under a recently passed obsolescence law over slowing down old iPhone. According to Verge, detailed efforts by Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP, translated as "Stop Planned Obsolescence"), a group dedicated to "raise awareness and influence for sustainable and repairable products." 

According to the group statement;

The law on the energy transition of 2015 prohibits "the practice of planned obsolescence, which is defined by 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 complaint is therefore criminal; the law provides for a maximum sentence of two years in prison and up to 300,000 euros in fines and 5% of the annual turnover.

By slowing down the old phones, Apple is forcing people to replace them with new phones at a faster rate, violating measures for sustainability established by that 2015 law.

The first two lawsuits against Apple were filed in the U.S. a week ago, after Apple confirmed reports that it slowed down older models of its iPhone to preserve battery life. Several more U.S. suits and a class-action suit in Israel were added. 

violating measures for sustainability established by that 2015 law.
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