Minister blasts Apple over charity payments ban

Block on apps payments to charities attracting scrutiny from officials as well as fund-raisers

Stewart Mitchell
6 Jan 2011

Apple is coming under increasing pressure to allow charitable donations through apps on its hardware.

The iPhone and iPad maker has faced calls to allow donations via apps for several months, a move which would require a change to the company's guidelines that insist donations must be collected via a charity's website or by text message.

According to a report on the Third Sector website, the UK Government is now calling for an explanation over Apple's intransigence on the issue.

"I’d like to understand it from Apple’s point of view," the website quoted Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, as saying. "It seems it could be a leader with this and I don’t understand why it is dragging its heels.

"I will write to Apple in the next couple of weeks to get clarity on its position and encourage the company to be more positive and constructive."

Apple has yet to respond to enquiries on its position, but its stance is proving unpopular, with one petition - Apple: Support Our Great Nonprofits - attracting more than 10,000 signatories.

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