EU Commission: Apple’s App Store rules violate EU rules


Lerato Khumalo

The European Commission has said that Apple’s App Store, the app purchasing and downloading platform, violates EU rules known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

According to the statement, the reason for the violation is that application developers are prevented from offering alternatives to consumers due to the rules in the App Store.

The European Commission, the European Union (EU) competition regulatory authority, opened an investigation at the end of March against Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Meta on the grounds that they may have violated the EU’s rules on the technology sector.

Stating that it sent the preliminary findings to Apple after the investigation, the Commission stated:

“These operating conditions do not allow developers to freely direct their customers (to alternatives). For example, developers cannot provide pricing information within the app or otherwise communicate with their customers to promote offers available in alternative distribution channels.”