The newspaper reported today that European Commission (EC), the regulator of the European Union, plans to launch a query on competition And sputive Claims that the iPhone-maker uses its position as an application store gatekeeper "to deliberately harm other application developers."
In a complaint filed with the European Commission in MarchApple has "overturned the playing field" by running iOS, the platform and the App Store for distribution as well, Sputify said Spotify Competitor, Apple Music.
In particular, Sputify CEO Daniel Eck He said so a Apple Locksmith developers and their statutes, which include a 30 per cent reduction in in-app spend. Ek also claimed that Apple Music had unfair advantages over competitors such as Spotify, while expressing concern that Apple controls communication between users and application publishers, "including unfair restrictions on marketing and promotions that benefit consumers."
The announcement was unprecedented – Eke claimed that many other developers feel the same way, but they do not want to bother Apple by talking. The EU will certainly benefit from this silent rule if the investigation is already underway, as the Financial Times claims.
Apple returned to Sputivi's claims, but its response was a rebuttal – or an alternative angle – to those complaints. Apple has not dealt directly with any of the claims raised by Spotify, and those options include alternative payment options (as shown in The Google Play store) and equal treatment for Apple and third-party applications such as Spotify.
The EU is gaining a reputation as a strong opponent to curb technology giants in the United States.
Regardless of the GDP initiative, Has a history of taking action on clear monopolies in technology.
Google imposed a fine of 1.49 billion euros ($ 1.67 billion) in March This year on antitrust violations in the search for brokering advertising, for example. Google has been fined a record $ 5 billion Last year because of Android violations, there have been calls to consider dismantling the search company. Inevitably, Facebook is under the spotlight for a series of privacy concerns, especially about the election.
Pressure from the EU has already led to Social network provide clear terms and conditions About using it for data to advertise, while May also change its rules that limit advertising spending abroad On EU elections after concern from Brussels.
Despite what some believe in the United States, the Commissioner of Competition in the European Union, Margretti Viger, Publicly said it was against the division of companies. Instead, Vestager undertook to organize data access.
"The dismantling of a company, the fragmentation of private property, will be far-reaching and will require a very strong case that it will lead to better results for consumers in the market than you can do using more common tools.We are dealing with private equity companies that are built, Because of its innovation " She said in an interview with SXSW earlier this year.