Russia Finds Apple Guilty of Antitrust Abuse

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 22 Comments

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) today announced that it has found Apple guilty of abusing its dominant position in the mobile apps market and will require the firm to resolve its regulation breaches.

“Apple occupies a dominant position with a 100 percent share of the market for mobile apps based on the iOS operating system because it is only legally possible to install such apps from the App Store,” an FAS statement notes.

The charges will sound awfully familiar to anyone who has been following the firm’s antitrust troubles in Europe and the United States: It forces app makers to deliver apps only via Apple’s online store and “unlawfully” blocks third-party apps from that store.

According to Reuters, the FAS investigated Apple after Kaspersky, a controversial Russian software maker, complained that Apple prevented it from publishing an update to its Safe Kids application. Apple’s behavior during this time period is well documented, as the firm had created its own parental controls solution and suddenly began blocking existing third-party entries to gain an upper hand. Or as Apple put it, because those apps “put users’ privacy and security at risk.”

“[Apple] reserved the right to switch off and block any third-party app from the App Store even if that app met all of Apple’s specifications,” the FAS explains.

Apple said it will appeal the ruling.

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