Kaspersky Lab Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple App Store Policies

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has filed a cartel application against Apple with the Russian antimonopoly authority Antimon, which relates to the distribution policy of the App Store. Less than a week after Spotify filed its own complaint against Apple with the EU antitrust authorities, the lawsuit was filed for tech giants’ “unfair” app store practices. Kaspersky’s complaint specifically refers to Apple’s removal of the Kaspersky Safe Kids app. In a blog post on the Kaspersky website, the company announced last year that Apple did not comply with the App Store guidelines due to the use of configuration profiles for three years in the App Store.

 

Kaspersky has been told by Apple that these profiles need to be removed for the app to pass and remain in the App Store. However, the Russian company had argued that this action essentially hampers the app. “For us, that means removing two key features of Kaspersky Safe Kids: app control and Safari browser blocking.”

 

In the first case, parents can specify which apps children can not run based on the Age Restrictions of the App Store, while in the second case, all browsers on the device can be hidden so that access to web pages is only possible in the Kaspersky Safe Kids built-in app secure browser.

 

Kaspersky claims that the change in Apple’s Parental Control Apps Policy coincided with the release of iOS 12 and Apple’s own Screen Time feature, which allows users to monitor the time spent on specific apps and websites and set time limits. Kaspersky calls it “essentially Apple’s own parental control app,” claiming Apple changed the music of the company’s Safe Kids app and other similar apps.From our point of view, Apple appears to be using its platform owner and supervisor role as the only channel to deliver apps to platform users, to set conditions and prevent other developers from working on an equal footing with them. The new rules will allow parental control apps to lose some of their users and have financial implications. Most important, however, are the users who miss some critical security features. The parental control apps market will lead to monopoly and consequently stagnation.

Kaspersky wants to continue its “profitable relationship with Apple,” but “on an equal footing,” and hopes its application to the Russian antimonopoly service will “benefit the market as a whole” and require Apple to deliver “competitive conditions.” to third-party developers. ”

 

Kaspersky’s dispute has parallels with the antitrust lawsuit filed by Spotify against Apple last week. The Music Streaming Service filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing the iPhone maker of enforcing App Store rules “deliberately restricting selection and suppressing innovation at the expense of the user experience” and “acting as both a player and a referee,” to deliberately discriminate against others. ” App developers. ”

 

Apple responded to the complaint two days later and described it as “misleading rhetoric,” arguing, “Spotify wants to have all the benefits of a free app without being free.” A day later, Spotify shot back, claiming “any monopolist will claim that they did not do anything wrong” and that Apple’s response was “completely in line” with his expectations.

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