Developers Alliance Releases Statement on Senate Efforts to Pass the Open App Markets Act

The Developers Alliance strongly opposes the Open App Markets Act (OAMA), and encourages lawmakers to consider the impacts the legislation will have on developers and consumers.

Washington, D.C. December 8, 2022 –The Developers Alliance has released the following statement addressing the Senate’s efforts to pass OAMA. This legislation should be considered under regular order.

Key Facts

  • Despite good intentions to benefit the software development community, OAMA would stifle innovation, consumer choice, and economic growth. 
  • The bill would weaken cybersecurity and privacy protections, and create a content moderation minefield for small tech companies. 
  • Sponsors of the legislation brought it to the Senate floor for consideration under a procedural gimmick that limited debate.

Geoff Lane, Head of U.S. Policy of the Developers Alliance, issued the following statement:

“At a time when inflation is nearing historic highs, conflicts are raging abroad, and supply chain disruptions continue to weigh on holiday purchases and economic growth, some in the Senate are seeking to advance the Open App Markets Act in a very dangerous form. OAMA is currently a shortsighted approach that will only create cybersecurity, privacy, and content headaches for consumers and developers alike. These will drive consumers away from the innovative products developers are creating, and stifle economic growth. If the Senate is serious about considering this legislation, leaders should bring it forth under regular order for a full, robust debate. We look forward to working with members of Congress to improve this legislation.”

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By Geoff Lane

Policy Counsel & Head of US Policy Geoff Lane serves as the Developer Alliance’s head of U.S. policy. In this role he oversees the organization’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda as well as state-level efforts. Prior to joining the Developers Alliance in 2022, Geoff worked with senior Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives. Since his time on Capitol Hill, he has held senior roles at various technology trade associations (including a previous stint at the Developers Alliance). At each stop he led efforts at the intersection of innovation and policy. He has worked on critical policy issues including privacy, encryption, patent reform, workforce development, corporate tax, tax nexus, and research and development. Geoff holds a B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. When he is not working, you can find him booing all of his favorite Philadelphia sports teams. Geoff is based in Washington, D.C.

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