(Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator said on Thursday it has opened an investigation into Apple Inc after complaints that the iPhone maker’s terms and conditions for app developers are unfair and anti-competitive.
Payment policies related to Apple’s App Store have for long drawn complaints from app developers. It charges a commission of up to 30% from developers on the value of transactions or any time a consumer buys their app.
The iPhone maker said it will work with the regulator.
“The App Store has been an engine of success for app developers, in part because of the rigorous standards we have in place applied fairly and equally to all developers to protect customers from malware and to prevent rampant data collection without their consent,” Apple said in a statement.
Last year, the European Commission too had opened a probe into the iPhone maker over App Store commission fee.
“Complaints that Apple is using its market position to set terms which are unfair or may restrict competition and choice potentially causing customers to lose out when buying and using apps warrant careful scrutiny,” CMA Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli said.
(Reporting by Muvija M and Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru, Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Editing by Arun Koyyur)