updated 11:07 am EST, Tue March 4, 2014
Judge said to be hesitant to go through with measure
A Belgian judge is considering whether to order local ISPs to block access to Apple websites in the country, local reports say. The measure is a possible response to charges of fraud brought by consumer protection group FPS Economy. FPS points out that while Apple has been claiming a standard warranty of just one year, European law mandates a minimum of two, at no extra cost. Apple has been asking Belgians to buy an extended AppleCare warranty to get two years of support.
The judge is said to be hesitating to block Apple's online content, though, since it could wreak havoc with services like iCloud and iTunes, which many customers depend on. Apple has so far changed the warranty webpages on its EU websites, explaining what European law provides, but some parties -- including FPS -- have argued that shoppers still need better information before they buy AppleCare.
Belgium isn't the only European country in which Apple has been taken to task. In Italy Apple was fined almost $1.5 million for breaking EU laws, and the company has withdrawn AppleCare from retail.