Device neutrality

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Device neutrality law states that the users have the right of non-discrimination of the services and apps they use, based on platform control by hardware companies.[1]

History and effects[edit]

The concept was first proposed in Italy. As per the law, the users were allowed to install the apps and services they require and remove others. The Android operating system supports installation of third party software on the devices beyond the Google Play store whereas Apple Inc. restricts the third party installation of applications.[1]  This led to the callout[clarification needed] of the news saying that the Senate Act 2484 had potential to ban the use of iPhones in Italy.[2] Users are allowed to attach any device to any network service that they subscribe.[3] Member of the Italian Parliament Stefano Quintarelli proposed a bill which states that users should have the right to use content and services irrespective of the devices.[4]

The term device neutrality is closely connected to net neutrality, and shares a correlation. Net neutrality is a concept that ensures equal access to the internet.[5]


  1. ^ a b "After Net Neutrality, Device Neutrality | HERMES Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ "No, Italy isn't banning the iPhone". Boing Boing. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  3. ^ "Device Neutrality". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  4. ^ Mastrolonardo, Raffaele. "Net neutrality could become law in Italy - unless internet users would rather opt out | ZDNet". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  5. ^ "Net Neutrality Explained: What It Means (and Why It Matters)". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-03-28.