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Australian Watchdog to Examine Competition Between Apple, Google App Stores

Australia’s competitors regulator on Tuesday stated it could look into the extent of competitors between the app shops of Apple and Google, and in addition study whether or not extra pricing transparency is required within the nation’s cell apps market.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is “interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple as a result of their control of the major app stores,” Deputy Chair Delia Rickard stated in a press release.

Google and Apple representatives didn’t reply to Reuters requests for a remark.

Regulators Down Under have been among the many most aggressive in attempting to rein within the attain of US tech giants, with Australia set to grow to be the primary nation to make Facebook and Alphabet’s Google pay for information sourced from native suppliers.

The fee’s determination additionally comes amid Apple’s authorized tussle with Epic Games, after the Fortnite creator carried out a function to let iPhone customers make in-app purchases immediately, quite than utilizing Apple’s in-app buy system.

The iPhone maker had subsequently terminated Epic Games’ account on its App Store.

ACCC’s deliberate shopper survey on app purchases and use is a part of a five-year inquiry, which can produce studies each six months, with a closing report anticipated by March.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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