Apple’s App Store Practices Again to Be Investigated in South Korea, Despite Change to Allow Third-Party Payment Systems

Apple is to again be investigated by South Korea’s telecommunications regulator, alongside Google and One Store, over suspected violations of in-app payment rules. In a statement (via Reuters), the Korea Communications Commissions (KCC) said that it conducted an inspection of Apple, Google, and One Store since May 17 to determine if they have violated in-app […]

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Is Apple Breaking Antitrust Laws?

A somewhat complicated and touchy subject for Apple has long been its potential breaches of antitrust laws. And in recent years (especially 2021 and 2022), these behaviors have come to a head, leading to investigations and popular discussions on whether or not Apple’s behavior should be changed or punished. While I’m not qualified to completely […]

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EU Approves Landmark Legislation to Regulate Apple and Other Big Tech Firms

European Union lawmakers have approved landmark legislation to heavily regulate Apple, Google, Meta, and other big tech firms. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) were proposed by the European Commission in December 2020. Now, collected in a “Digital Services Package,” the legislation has been adopted by the European Parliament and seeks […]

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‘Brutal Battle’ Expected as Regulators Close in on Apple Around the World

Experts anticipate a “brutal battle” between Apple and global regulators amid concerns about how the company may “exaggerate” its privacy and security claims for commercial gain and curtail interoperability to keep users locked into a “walled garden.” Global experts and leaders of competition policy convened at the Data, Technology, and Analytics Conference 2022 last week, […]

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Apple Faces German Antitrust Probe Into App Tracking Transparency

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has initiated proceedings against Apple to investigate whether its tracking rules and anti-tracking technology are anti-competitive and self-serving, according to a press release. The proceeding announced today will review under competition law Apple’s tracking rules and specifically its App Tracking Transparency Framework (ATT) in order to ascertain whether they […]

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UK Looks to Trigger Regulation Process to Target Apple’s Cloud Gaming and Browser Engine Restrictions

The UK’s competition watchdog seeks to “remedy” Apple’s restrictions on browser engines in iOS and cloud gaming through the App Store via a high-level regulatory process, the organization announced today. The announcement comes upon the publication of the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) year-long study into Apple and Google’s mobile ecosystems, which finds that Apple […]

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Apple Fails in Bid to Dismiss Amended Cydia Creator’s Antitrust Lawsuit

Apple has lost a bid to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed against it by Jay Freeman, creator of an alternative App Store known as Cydia for “jailbroken” iPhones and iPads. Freeman sued Apple in late 2020, alleging that Apple has an illegal monopoly over iOS app distribution through the ‌App Store‌. His complaint also alleged […]

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EU Planning to Force Apple to Give Developers Access to All Hardware and Software Features

The European Union is pressing ahead with legislation to heavily regulate companies like Apple, setting plans to force “gatekeepers” to open up access to hardware and software, and even set up an internal department to meet new rules, according to an endorsed agreement from the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee. The provisional agreement on the […]

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Apple Defends Ecosystem in Australia as Antitrust Firefighting Around the World Continues

Apple has robustly defended its ecosystem in a submission to Australia’s competition watchdog, amid growing global scrutiny of the power of big tech companies and “gatekeeping.” The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has scrutinized Apple’s ecosystem in a series of investigations since last year and encouraged the company to give users more control over […]

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UK Planning Huge Fines for Companies Like Apple That Do Not Meet New Rules

Following reports that the UK government had dropped plans to heavily regulate Apple and other big tech companies using a new Digital Markets Unit (DMU), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has assured that it will empower the DMU with statutory powers to penalize firms that do not meet its rules (via Reuters). […]

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EU Plans to Regulate Apple Delayed to Spring 2023 Amid Preparations to Enforce New Rules

The European Union’s wide-reaching new regulations to target Apple and other big tech companies will come into effect in early 2023, according to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager (via TechCrunch). The EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) could force Apple to make major changes to the App Store, Messages, FaceTime, third-party browsers, and Siri in Europe. […]

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Le régulateur allemand s’attaque à Meta avec de nouvelles règles antitrust

Meta a été classée par l’Office fédéral allemand de lutte contre les cartels (BKartA), l’autorité de concurrence nationale, comme une entreprise « d’importance primordiale pour la concurrence ». Cette qualification donne au régulateur une plus grande marge de manœuvre pour limiter le pouvoir de marché du géant numérique. En vertu d’une nouvelle disposition de la loi allemande […]

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PayPal Played Role in EU Antitrust Complaint About Apple Wallet

Apple Pay competitor PayPal played a role in the EU’s decision to target Apple with antitrust complaints about its mobile wallet, reports Bloomberg. PayPal was one of “multiple companies” that filed informal complaints about the way Apple restricts third-party apps from accessing the NFC capabilities of the iPhone, which in turn led to the European […]

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UK Seemingly Abandons Plans to Regulate Apple and Other Big Tech Companies

The UK is set to abandon plans to heavily regulate Apple and other big tech companies using a new competition authority, the Financial Times reports. In a paywalled report, the Financial Times claims that the British government’s new legislative agenda, due to be set out in the Queen’s Speech next week, will not include a […]

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U.S. Government to Investigate Sideloading and Web App Restrictions on iOS

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has launched an investigation into competition in mobile app ecosystems. On behalf of the United States Department of Commerce, the NTIA is now requesting comments about competition in mobile app ecosystems. The investigation was triggered by an executive order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy from July […]

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Apple Protests Call for Third-Party App Stores and Lower Platform Fees in Japan

Apple today hit back at a report from the Japanese government indicating that the company could be hit with new regulation to ensure fair competition in the smartphone operating system market, The Japan Times reports. The Japanese government’s interim report expressed concern over Apple and Google’s control of the smartphone operating system market, particularly with […]

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Impending EU Regulation to Force Apple to Allow Third-Party App Stores and Open Up iMessage

Apple will be forced to allow users to utilize third-party app stores and payment systems, as well as make iMessage interoperable with other messaging services, by the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), according to a newly published document from the European Commission. In a questions and answers document on the Digital Markets Act titled […]

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Apple’s U.S. Lobbying Spending Hits Record High as It Fights Antitrust Legislation

Apple spent $2.5 million on lobbying in the first three months of 2022, a record high for the company, reports Bloomberg. Apple bumped up its spending on lobbying to fight back against antitrust legislation that the U.S. government is considering at the current time. Apple in the fourth quarter of 2021 spent $1.86 million on […]

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Apple Faces Further Charges in EU Antitrust Case Triggered by Spotify

Apple will face additional antitrust charges in the European Union related to a music streaming probe triggered by a complaint from Spotify, Reuters reports. The charges are part of an ongoing investigation by the European Commission into accusations of anti-competitive conduct in the music streaming market from Spotify and suggest that the EU is strengthening […]

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Apple’s Fines in Dutch Antitrust Case Hit 50 Million Euros

Apple today was fined another €5 million ($5.5 million) in the Netherlands by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) as the company has failed to adequately comply with mandated alternate payment system requirements for dating apps. The rules went into effect in January, and since then, Apple has received a €5 million fine […]

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