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Apple is being investigated by Dutch government for allegedly favouring own apps

Apple is being investigated by Dutch government for allegedly favouring own apps”

As reported by Bloomberg yesterday (April 11), the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) "will investigate whether Apple abuses the position it has attained with its App Store". However, it's possible to speculate that the probe may be motivated partially by the antitrust complaint that Spotify Technology AG recently filed against Apple with the European Commission.

Said the ACM in a statement: "Apps have increasingly become important parts of our daily lives". 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. The investigation focuses on Dutch apps for news media.

Further, the ACM said, "App providers say they do not always have a fair chance against Apple's own apps or against apps that Google has pre-installed on phones". The ACM has not yet reached the conclusion that abuse of power has taken place. There are often no realistic alternatives and so Apple and Google have the opportunity to set unfair terms. On the one hand, it is in the interest of Apple and Google to offer many and different apps in their app stores. On the other hand, the companies themselves are providers and, therefore, competitors. Both services are lucrative money spinners for Apple and Google.

First noted by developer David Barnard on Twitter, the new confirmation step comes after you confirm the purchase via Touch ID or Face ID, and warns users that their subscription will be ongoing unless they cancel before the subscription period ends.

Apple is consistently working on the functionality of the App Store from the past few months. They often can not use all of the facilities of an iPhone.

Spotify's complaint was regarding Apple's controversial "app tax" - the 30% commission the company now charges any third-party app developer on all sales made through the App Store - including music streaming subscriptions. 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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