Apr 30, 2021
Apple charged over 'anti-competitive' app polices
Apple has been charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store. Ms Vestager said in her tweet that the preliminary conclusion of the EC was that "Apple was in breach of EU competition law" and "Charges high commission fee on rivals in the App Store and forbids them to inform of alternatives". Developers have become increasingly frustrated by the so-called Apple tax. Under pressure from both developers and regulators, Apple has cut its commission rate to 15% for any developer than earns less than £1m in annual revenue. A similar complaint was filed by e-commerce firm Rakuten in March 2020, alleging that it was anti-competitive to take a commission on e-books sold through the App Store while promoting its own Apple Books service.
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