New Delhi. American tech giant and iPhone maker Apple has suffered a major setback. In fact, the country’s anti-trust regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered an investigation against Apple for alleged unfair business activities.
Charged with charging up to 30 percent commission for in-app purchases
It is alleged that the world’s largest technology company has abused its dominant position by owning apps that compete with third-party developers. The company is accused of charging up to 30 per cent commission for in-app purchases and not allowing other payment instruments.
Violation of the provisions of section 4 of the Competition Act
The CCI in its order has said that it has prima facie held that Apple has violated the provisions of Section 4 of the Competition Act, which deals with abuse of dominant position by an enterprise and has directed the Director General to investigate . The report has been asked to be submitted within 60 days of the order.
According to an ET report, the commission ordered an inquiry after a complaint was filed by Jaipur-based non-profit organization ‘Together We Fight Society’. There is no response from Apple in this matter yet.
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Recently CCI had imposed a fine of 202 crores on Amazon
At the same time, recently the CCI suspended the approval given to Amazon’s deal with Future Coupons. Apart from this, the anti-trust regulator had also imposed a fine of Rs 202 crore on e-commerce sector giant Amazon for violating certain provisions. Approved in November 2019. The commission, in its 57-page order, said that the approval will remain suspended for some time.
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