Last year, Apple received a lot of criticism for removing a number of iOS parental control apps from the App Store. Not least because several of them had been allowed on the store for years without any problems, and Apple had suddenly found an issue with them shortly after iOS got its own built-in parental control system, Screen Time.
Russia-based Kaspersky Lab was one of the affected companies. It reported Apple’s behaviour to its local competition authority, the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, which launched an investigation.
That investigation has now been completed, and its findings are not good for Apple. According to the regulator, the company took advantage of its dominant position in relation to developers. Among other things, it notes that Apple has 100% of the market for mobile apps on iOS, because the only way to install new software is via the App Store.
Apple says in a statement that it respects the authority but will appeal against the decision, reports
The news comes hot on the heels of a whole series of antitrust accusations. Apple has been facing questions from the
US House Judiciary Committee, while the EU is
investigating the App Store. An Italian regulator has announced an investigation over
alleged price fixing, too.
This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.