Apple may face criminal charges for planned obsolescence in France
In our previous report on Apple getting class-action lawsuits from within the U.S. as well as Israel, we said that a professor of law thinks that Apple slowing down iPhones with aging batteries to a modern version of planned obsolescence. It looks like the French group known as Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (stop planned obsolescence) is taking it as just that as it filed the suit against the company.
This is a much bigger deal than the others because in France, planned obsolescence was ruled out as illegal in August 2015.
According to a statement translated by The Verge, the group has two goals – to protect consumers from having to buy phones more often, and to cut down the environmental waste from such frequent change of phones. Which may explain why the group is known as an environmental group.
The statement also says that the maximum penalty for company is two years in prison, a fine of EUR300,000 (~RM1.46 million), and five percent of the company’s annual turnover.
Source: The Verge.