EU requests information from Apple in ongoing mobile payments tug of war

Antitrust regulators from the European Union are seeking more information from Apple about its Apple Pay mobile payments system.

The move, confirmed in a statement by the European Commission, is a sign that the regulator is looking to close any loopholes being exposed by Apple and comes after accusing the company of restricting access to Near-Field Communication (NFC) on iPhones last year.

As per Reuters. a spokesperson for the Commission said: "We can confirm the sending of requests for information," though they did not provide details.

The European Commission has the power to fine Apple up to 10 per cent of its global turnover if it is found guilty of breaching antitrust rules.

While Apple declined to comment in this case, the company has previously pointed to the success of PayPal and other mobile payment apps on iOS as evidence that its practices are not harming competition.

The request for information comes three months after Apple defended itself at a closed EU hearing on the topic of it blocking access to its technology used for mobile wallets. The EU at the time said that the anti-competitive practices date back as far as 2015.

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