UK starts antitrust probe of Apple's App Store

Thursday, 04. March 2021 12:07

The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced on Thursday that it is starting an investigation into Apple Inc.'s "suspected breaches of competition law." The regulator stated that it will look into "Apple’s conduct in relation to the distribution of apps on iOS and iPadOS devices in the UK" and particularly the terms and conditions of the access to the company's App Store given to app developers.

The CMA added that the initial investigation will take place from March to September, including formal or informal information requests. The European Commission started a similar probe last year, examining "restrictions on the ability of developers to inform iPhone and iPad users of alternative cheaper purchasing possibilities outside of apps," among other issues.

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