Two antitrust investigations into Apple launched by the European Commission

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The European Commission announced Tuesday that it’s launching two antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store rules and the Apple Pay platform.

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a statement: ʺMobile applications have fundamentally changed the way we access content. Apple sets the rules for the distribution of apps to users of iPhones and iPads.” She also explained the goal of the investigation: „We need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers, for example with its music streaming service Apple Music or with Apple Books. I have therefore decided to take a close look at Apple’s App Store rules and their compliance with EU competition rules.”

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager

Some facts will be targeted about Apple Pay, too. It’s about the rules, Apple’s terms and conditions for integrating Apple Pay in apps and websites, Apple’s limitation of access to NFC technology, and alleged refusals of access to Apple Pay. „It is important that Apple’s measures do not deny consumers the benefits of new payment technologies, including better choice, quality, innovation and competitive prices,” the representative of the European Commission said. „Our goal is simple: for our customers to have access to the best app or service of their choice, in a safe and secure environment. We welcome the opportunity to show the European Commission all we’ve done to make that goal a reality,” Apple said in response.

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