Dutch competition authority investigates potential App Store bias

Facebook app on mobile phone
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The Dutch competition authority ACM has launched an investigation into tech giant Apple for allegedly favouring its own apps in its online App Store.

The ACM ‘will investigate whether Apple abuses the position it has attained with its App Store’ following ‘indications’ from other app providers given to the ACM while it was undertaking a survey of the app market. The investigation will focus initially on news apps.

‘Apps have increasingly become important parts of our daily lives and businesses that provide apps depend on the app stores of Apple and Google,’ the ACM said. ‘Given the significant importance of these app stores to app providers, ACM expects Apple and Google to exhibit fair and transparent behaviour.

The ACM is calling on app providers to come forward if they experience any problems with Apple’s App Store, but also if they experience similar problems with Google Play.

Apple said in a statement it is confident that the review will confirm all developers have ‘equal opportunity to succeed’.

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