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Apple faces investigation for suspected unfair competition in Russia



MOSCOW (Reuters) – Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant market position, Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday.

Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application had been rejected by Apple's operating system, resulting in a significant loss of parental control app functionality.

It said that Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar features to the Kaspersky application. Parental control sheets allow parents to control their child's use of the phone and tablet.

When asked about the Russian investigation, Apple told Reuters on April 28 that it had recently removed several parental control files from the App Store because they "jeopardize users' privacy and security. "

It said that several of these apps used a" highly invasive "technology called Mobile Device Management (MDM) and that their use in a consumer-focused app violated the App Store guidelines.

Kaspersky said that Apple's App Store guidelines allowed a limited use of MDM, but that it was not clear how to get Apple's permission for it. It also said that the requirements reduced the competitiveness of third-party developers.


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