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Anti-trust Case Filed Against Apple Inc

An anti-trust Case Filed Against Apple Inc:

An anti-trust case filed against Apple Inc for allegedly abusing its market position in the Indian economy.

  • Apple is instituting policies that forces developers to use its proprietary in-app purchase system
  • This allegation is similar to what Apple faced in the EU where regulators last year started an investigation into Apple’s imposition of an in-app fee of 30% for distribution of paid digital content and other restrictions.
  • Such policies hurt the domestic companies by raising their cost of doing business
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI) will review the case and could order its investigations arm to conduct a wider probe, or dismiss it altogether if it finds no merit in it
  • Filings and details of cases reviewed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) are not made public.
  • Recently, South Korea’s parliament this week approved a bill that bans major app store operators like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems.
  • Justification given by the companies for their current policy: The fees levied by them covers the security and marketing benefits their app stores provide for companies
  • CCI is conducting an investigation into a similar payment system concerning Google