FAS requires Apple to inform buyers of applications in the App Store about alternative payment methods

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) has warned Apple on non-compliance with the laws of competition in the market of applications for mobile devices based on iOS. The agency believes that the Cupertino company prohibits informing buyers about alternative payment methods.

FAS notes that Apple receives complaints from iPhone and iPad users, as well as developers. Say, they say that in some cases, you can buy the product cheaper on the seller’s website, since the App Store provides a commission of 15 to 30% from each payment.

At the same time, device users are not informed about the possibility of shopping outside the store. Apple does not allow applications with similar functionality to the App Store, requiring the removal of links to third-party payment methods.

The agency claims that such actions on the part of the manufacturer of mobile devices limit the independence of developers, have a negative impact on competition and may lead to higher prices for products.

Apple needs to address violations no later than September 30th.

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