Russia's Anti-Monopoly Watchdog to Investigate Apple Following Antitrust Complaint

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is under investigation by Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab that the company is abusing its dominant position in smartphone apps, Reuters reports this morning.


    Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) says it is investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application has not been updated on the iOS App Store, resulting in "a significant loss in functionality for the app."

    Back in March, Apple pulled Kaspersky Safe Kids app from the App Store, prompting Kaspersky to file an antitrust complaint against Apple with the FAS.

    Safe Kids allowed parents to specify which apps kids can run based on the App Store's age restrictions and let them hide browsers on their device so that web pages could only be accessed in the Kaspersky Safe Kids app's built-in secure browser.

    Apple said it removed the app because it didn't meet its App Store guidelines, but Kaspersky argued that the app had already been in the App Store for three years and was only pulled because Apple had just released iOS 12 with its own Screen Time feature, which offers similar parental control functions.

    Kaspersky's dispute has parallels with an antitrust complaint brought against Apple by Spotify earlier this year.

    Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, arguing that the tech giant's App Store policy lets it act as "both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

    Apple responded by calling the complaint "misleading rhetoric" and argued that "Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free."

    Apple is also under investigation by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to decide whether the company is abusing its position in the App Store by, for example, giving preferential treatment to its own apps. Apple has said it is "confident" the probe "will confirm all developers have an equal opportunity to succeed in the App Store."

    Article Link: Russia's Anti-Monopoly Watchdog to Investigate Apple Following Antitrust Complaint
  2. venusboy macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2011
    Updating iOS with new features and then banning apps because they duplicate those same built-in features is clearly anti-competitive.
  3. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    Kaspersky: A completely not dodgy company run out of a completely benign state. I'd certainly trust them to have elevated access to not only all my personal devices but also my families devices via a mechanism which can be abused. They definitely seem like the kind of guys that wouldn't deliver malware to my phone. Also, if anyone can be trusted to deal with this fairly it's definitely a Russian government watch dog.

    Apple did the right thing.
  4. Kabeyun, Aug 8, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019

    Kabeyun macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Love it. Russia standing up for the rule of law. Up next, North Korea accuses western nations of being closed societies.

    Note: kidding, people.

    Edit: sort of.
  5. bhlc macrumors newbie


    Aug 6, 2018
    You are absolutely right. Trusting any Russian software, let alone one that has close ties to the Russian government would be a big mistake.
  6. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Which straw will it be that finally breaks Apple's back on this?

    And for people who want to argue about how Nintendo has been locking their store down forever... it's not the same. Nintendo doesn't roll out Mario Party and then ban any other party games from the store, for example. You're free to compete with Mario Party - you'll lose, but you can try (of course, "losing" isn't really a bad thing... plenty big market that capturing just 1/10th of what Mario Party does is going to be a big payday.)
  7. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA

    Apple just came up with an excuse to ban the Ruskies' spyware.
  8. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    So? Don't like it, make your own phone OS.
  9. Appleman3546 macrumors member


    May 13, 2019
    Quick, build up the install base with subscriptions to Apple’s own services before the App Store monopoly ends and competition can actually compete through browser downloads
  10. anthogag macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2015
    Russia has an anti-monopoly watchdog? Is it also investigating Putin's communist mafia. Or maybe Putin is the watchdog.
  11. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Oh yes... hence the growing official anti competitive cases against Apple globally.. if it was one you could argue against it, we now have one in the US, Russia and the EU... and they aren’t going to investigate unless they think theirs an issue.
  12. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2005
    Shouldn’t Disney also be investigated for monopolistic practices considering they control both the content and the venue for its media?
  13. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Nitpicking, it's " The Netherlands " with a capital T.

    Shouldn't this be in the PSRI section, contains political comments.

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