App Coalition launched to support app developers during COVID-19 pandemic

Nine major app developers including Priceline, Kayak, OpenTable and PerryStreet Software, among others, set up their own app association.

Called the App Coalition, the group aims to reach out to US congress during the coronavirus crisis, focusing on controversial tech policy issues. One of its primary aims appears to be to protect apps from platforms gathering data.

This is similar to the App Association, a group of developers sponsored by Apple.

The App Association consults with Congress to discuss policies that may affect app developers.

The newly launched App Coalition’s first agenda point is to ask Congress to help ensure that smaller start-ups can get loans to endure the financial hardships during the COVID-19 crisis.

“It’s important that Congress recognizes that the multi-billion dollar app ecosystem remains vital as part of the overall efforts to restart and rebuild the economy,” Chief Executive Officer of Perry Street, Eric Silverberg, commented in a statement.

The groups said they were willing to collaborate.

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