Apple has responded to accusations by the French government that it is taking advantage of the country’s developers, dismissing claims of ‘abusive commercial practices’ by highlighting the funds paid to the nation’s iOS app developers and the support it provides to both application producers and their users. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
It was reported yesterday that the French government is taking both Apple and Google to court over alleged “abusive trade practices.” Specifically, the government claims that neither Apple nor Google treat their developers fairly, citing factors such as non-negotiable commissions and contract terms.
Today, both Google and Apple have commented on the accusations made by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire…
France is preparing to slap American tech giants Apple and Google with hefty fines as a result of “abusive business practices” according to reports. On Wednesday, the French Government confirmed that it is drawing up plans to take the two American tech firms to court for allegedly violating European commercial and trade laws. In an […] Read More… iDrop News
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Wednesday that the government plans to sue Google and Apple over the “abusive” contractual terms imposed on developers through app stores. Le Maire told a radio station that he learned Apple and Google unilaterally impose price changes and contractual modifications on developers in the Google Play Store and App Store, which he views as unfair.
“I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” Le Maire said, according to Reuters. “As powerful as they are, Google and Apple should not be able to treat our startups and our developers the way they currently do.”
The action is based on an inquiry by the French anti-fraud office from 2015-2017, which uncovered a “significant imbalance” in the relationship between Google, Apple, and French companies, a source told AFP. In its report, the anti-fraud office recommended a fine of $ 2.5 million per company, something echoed by Le Maire, who suggested fines of “millions of euros” might be appropriate.
Large US tech companies have been struggling with regulatory bodies in Europe in the past few years. Tax structures which allow them to funnel all EU profits out of one office (commonly Luxembourg or Ireland) have drawn the ire of the European Union. The French government has been particularly keen to address consumer rights issues, such as the recent iPhone battery problems, while Google has been investigated by the EU over antitrust and privacy concerns.
The French government will be taking legal action against Apple and Google for alleged "abusive commercial practices," France’s finance minister has declared, accusing the tech firms of taking advantage of the country’s app developers with unfair contracts and unjust app store pricing schemes. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
France is taking Google and Apple to court over "abusive" app developer practices and could impose millions of euros in penalties. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL that the government has a problem with the onerous conditions the tech giants… Engadget RSS Feed
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Supplementing Intel’s presence in a trade group in a previous filing, the company has filed its own declaration with the FTC in support of Apple in its fight against Qualcomm’s wireless technology licensing practices for the iPhone 7, and future devices. AppleInsider – Frontpage News