The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), at the request of Kaspersky Lab, has completed its consideration of the case against Apple Inc. and concluded that the American company was abusing its dominant market position.
The FAS Russia Commission found that Apple abused its monopoly position in relation to developers of parental control mobile applications and limited competition in the market for distributing applications for mobile devices running the iOS operating system.
Since October 2018, Apple has implemented a policy to limit the tools and capabilities for developing parental control applications, as a result of which most of the functionality of third-party applications have been lost.
Also, Apple reserved the right to reject, not allow any third-party application to enter the App Store, even if it meets all Apple requirements.
Such actions coincided in time with the release of its own pre-installed application “Screen time”, which has functionality similar to the functionality of parental control applications.
FAS issued an order to Apple to eliminate the violation by November 30, 2020 – to remove from the documentation provisions that allow it to not allow third-party applications in the App Store for any reason, even if they meet all the requirements.