The German Competition Regulatory Agency (FCO) announced that it has launched an investigation to determine whether the US technology giant Apple has abused its dominant market position. The statement stated that regulators want to determine whether Apple is particularly important to competition, which extends to multiple markets.
“The focus of the investigation will be on the App Store business because it allows Apple to influence the business of other companies,” explained Andreas Mundt, head of FCO.
“We will check whether Apple has built a digital ecosystem around the iPhone and its iOS operating system that spans multiple markets. Apple makes tablets, computers, and wearable devices and provides a series of services related to these devices,” Mundt explained .
The FCO noted that it has used its recently expanded power to focus on digital companies to check whether Google, Facebook, and Amazon violated competition rules by doing business with data.
They pointed out that there were complaints from the media and advertising circles in the complaint. They complained that Apple restricted monitoring of users when it launched the iOS 14.5 operating system.
Apple may also be subject to scrutiny for opposing violations of competition laws by installing its own applications on the devices it produces. An Apple spokeswoman claimed that the App Store provides equal opportunities for all app makers in Germany, regardless of size. Apple said they are ready to cooperate.
“We look forward to discussing our business model with FCO and openly discussing any issues they want to point out,” an Apple spokesperson said.