The Greek financial crisis is affecting everyday life in unforeseen ways in the struggling country. Because of new financial policies, citizens are now unable to use iTunes, App Store, Paypal and other online services. Some people are even struggling to access their private information held in cloud storage accounts!
The Greek government recently instituted capital control measures to stop money from flowing out of the country. Because of this, many Greeks are unable to make payments to companies located outside of the country like Apple and PayPal.
So, if a person with a Greek credit card attempts to buy a 99-cent song on iTunes or an app from the App Store, they are out of luck. They also can't use their PayPal accounts to pay for services or goods that come from outside of the country.
“We are carefully monitoring the situation in Greece and progress of negotiations between the Greek government and its lenders,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Due to the recent decisions of the Greek authorities on capital controls, funding of PayPal wallet from Greek bank accounts, as well as cross-border transactions funded by any cards or bank accounts are currently not available. We aim to continue serving our valued customers in Greece in full, as we have for over a decade in this country.”