Apple Faces Dutch Antitrust Probe Over Favoring Its Own Apps

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 14, 2019

There's no word on what specific business practices or App Store policies may have caught the ACM's attention. The EU's powerful antitrust arm is weighing Spotify's complaint targeting Apple.

The Netherlands' Authority for Consumers & Markets will examine whether Apple abuses a dominant market position "by giving preferential treatment to its own apps", it said in a statement on April 11.

Apple, already the subject of European Union antitrust scrutiny, on Thursday became the target of a Dutch investigation for allegedly favoring its own apps on its popular App Store. According to the ACM, the number of complaints about the monopolistic practices of Apple is enough for launching a formal investigation since the company is doing it for a long time.

"Given the significant importance of these app stores to app providers, ACM expects Apple and Google to exhibit fair and transparent behavior". Also Dutch apps for news media, but is also calling on app providers to flag.

In the study on mobile app stores, the ACM noted the increasing dependence on the two app stores for app developers looking to reach mobile users. App providers also they have problems communicating with Apple and Google about the application of the conditions. On the one hand, it is in the interest of Apple and Google to offer many and different apps in their app stores.

Apple has introduced an extra step when subscribing to services via apps on iOS.

This also comes after Apple gave warning to app developers earlier this year about hidden or otherwise uncouth methods of getting people to subscribe to their service. This isn't the case with iPhones using Face ID since they need to double-click the side button before enabling the facial recognition technology to authenticate subscription purchases.

Speaking to CNN, Apple asserts it's "confident" the review will confirm an "equal opportunity" for all developers to succeed within its App Store. The company said it respected the ACM and treats all developers equally, while investing significantly in creating a "secure store for all customers".

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