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Apple faces Dutch anti-competition investigation over App Store


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We’re waiting to find out what European Commission regulators will make of Spotify’s anti-competition complaint against Apple. However, the competition agency in the Netherlands, ACM, is launching its own investigation into Apple’s stewardship of its App Store.

“ACM will investigate, among other aspects, whether Apple acted in violation of the prohibition of abuse of dominance, for example, by giving preferential treatment to its own apps,” said ACM in a statement, according to Reuters, which reports that the investigation could expand to also cover the Google Play store on Android.

Based on the details in the story, the investigation appears to be zeroing in on exactly the same issues as those raised in Spotify’s recent complaint: from Apple’s cut of in-app subscriptions to the question of whether third-party developers get full access to its device features. “We are confident (ACM’s) review will confirm all developers have an equal opportunity to succeed in the App Store,” said Apple in a statement responding to the news.

Stuart Dredge

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