Russia's Antitrust Service has Reportedly started a formal Investigation into Apple for locking out Kaspersky Lab App
Apple is now under scrutiny in Europe, the U.S., Japan and now Russia. On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Japan's Fair Trade Commission is Investigating Serious Allegations that Apple has Abused its Power in violation of Anti-monopoly Rules," and last Friday we posted a report titled "Beyond the Antitrust investigation into the App Store, the FTC is Apparently Investigating the 2019 Apple-Amazon Deal."
Today it's being reported that Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab to Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog claiming Apple may be abusing its dominant market position. The original complaint was filed in March. The full story of that filing could be reviewed here.
Watchdog FAS (Federal Antitrust Service) said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple's operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the parental control app.
It said Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar functions to the Kaspersky program. Parental control apps allow parents to control their children's phone and tablet usage.
Asked about the Russian investigation, Apple referred Reuters to an April 28 statement in which it said it had recently removed several parental control apps from its App Store because they "put users' privacy and security at risk."
It said several of these apps were using a "highly invasive" technology called Mobile Device Management and that its use in a consumer-focused app was a violation of App Store policies.
Kaspersky said Apple's App Store guidelines allowed for a limited use of MDM, but that it was not clear how to obtain Apple's permission to do so. It also said the requirements reduced the competitiveness of third party developers.
At this time Patently Apple was unable to find a formal statement or case on Apple by FAS using their database.
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