ACM will investigate the influence of Google and Apple

Jul

25

2018

on appstore offerings
Dutch regulator ACM has announced an investigation into app stores. The organization wants to investigate how developers can offer their app in those stores and what influence the app stores, such as the Play Store and App Store, have.

The announcement states: “The ACM will investigate how appstores work when approving and selecting apps (of themselves and of third parties) for the stores, and what influence this has on the final app offer.” The regulator points out that Android and iOS have acquired a ‘solid position’ and that many apps can be found in the associated app stores. Within this, different interests would also play a role, such as those of app developers, and those of Apple and Google.

These parties also offer apps themselves, in addition to the offer that is provided by third parties. According to the ACM, the interests of the app stores are not always in line with the interests of companies that offer apps there. That is why the regulator is now entering into dialogue with various parties, such as experts, scientists, developers and other supervisors. The organization calls on people to register by contacting them.

The relationship between app stores and developers has attracted attention in the EU for some time. For example, France announced in March that it would sue Apple and Google for imposing unilateral conditions on developers. That would amount to unfair trading practices. The European Commission came up with a proposal for a regulation in April that would require online platforms to increase transparency.

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