FAS Russia: Apple Paid an Antitrust Fine of 906 Million Rubles

FAS Russia: Apple Paid an Antitrust Fine of 906 Million Rubles
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The U.S. company Apple paid an antimonopoly fine of 906 million rubles to the Russian budget, the press service of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) reported. 

The fine was imposed in a case of antitrust law violation in the proceedings with Kaspersky Lab. The dispute between the companies was related to applications with the function of parental control. Apple restricted the functionality of such apps from third-party developers on iOS.

"The company appealed the decision and order of the service, as well as the order to impose a fine in court. However, in 2022 and 2023, the courts of three instances upheld the position of the FAS, after which the company executed the order," 

the agency’s press service noted.

“Apple abused its dominant position in the market of distribution of mobile applications by other developers on the iOS operating system by barriers that led to the provision of competitive advantages to its own products, simultaneously launching a similar "parental control" service,”

said the Authority.

FAS Russia also found that the provisions of Apple’s documentation contain consistent limitations on the capabilities of third-party developers, which may lead to limited competition in adjacent markets.

Apple failed to appeal against the agency's decision, and in February the company fulfilled the order to eliminate violations.

Source: RBC

digital markets  Russia 

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