Russian competition watchdog finds Apple guilty of antitrust abuse

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service says Apple abused its dominance within the app market.

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Russia’s competitors regulator on Monday discovered that Apple abused its power over iOS apps as a result of iPhone and iPad house owners should set up them from Apple’s App Retailer. It comes weeks after Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner defended the corporate’s insurance policies in a US congressional hearing.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service investigated Apple’s management of apps after Russian antivirus software program maker Kaspersky filed a complaint in March 2019, as beforehand reported by CNET sister website ZDNet

Kaspersky alleged that it was pressured to take away options like app management and Safari browser blocking from its Secure Youngsters iOS app to cut back its means to compete with Apple’s personal usage-monitoring Display Time function.

“Since October 2018, Apple applied constant coverage on proscribing the instruments and capabilities for growing parental management purposes,” the Federal Antimonopoly Service mentioned in a launch. That led to the third-party builders’ purposes dropping performance, the FAS added. 

In June, the European Competitors Fee opened an antitrust probe into the App Retailer following music streaming service Spotify’s grievance concerning the charges Apple expenses firms when folks make in-app purchases. 

Apple did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

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Sean Keane