Nick Hurd meets Apple to discuss iPhone donations app

Minister for Civil Society urges the technology giant to 'consider allowing charitable giving apps' on its mobile devices

Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has met representatives of the technology giant Apple to ask it to allow donations to charity through iPhone apps.

Hurd said in an interview with Third Sector in January that he would be writing to Apple to encourage it to be "more positive and constructive".

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "Nick Hurd met with Apple representatives to urge them to consider allowing charitable giving apps on their mobile devices, including the iPhone, and we continue to engage with them on the issue.

"The government fully supports the development of new technologies that encourage giving, and our forthcoming white paper on giving is committed to nurturing this quickly evolving environment."

The spokesman declined to give further details on what happened during the meeting or how Apple responded. Pressure has been mounting on the company to allow donations to be made directly through iPhone apps rather than allowing donations to be collected only through a website or by text message.

An online petition that was set up towards the end of 2010 calling on Apple to allow this has attracted almost 40,000 signatures so far. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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