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