Russian regulator fines Apple

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April 28, 2021, 5:41 PM UTC

The iPhone maker faces a $12 million fine over App Store monopoly abuse.

Russia’s antitrust regulatory body – the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) – has fined the tech giant over complaints that it unfairly crackdown on third-party parental control apps. FAS’s investigation began after receiving a complaint from Kaspersky Lab in March 2019. Kaspersky Labs claimed that Apple had forced it to limit the functionality of its Safe Kids app.

The move by Russian regulators comes in the same week as EU regulators are expected to issue charges of their own against Apple. The Russian regulator said it wants the iPhone manufacturer to ensure its owned apps do not have an unfair advantage.

FAS further said Apple should let developers of parental control apps distribute their software without limiting its functionality. However, Apple said it disagrees with FAS’s decision, and it would appeal the ruling. 

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