The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said in a statement on Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple for abusing its dominant position in the iOS app market in response to a complaint from Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity provider.
According to the FAS, Apple’s unjustified rejection of a version of Kaspersky Safe Kids’ (KSK) parental control program had resulted in the loss of a “substantial part of its functionality”. At the same time, Apple has launched its own Screen Time iOS app, also running as a parental control program.
The FAS pointed out, quoting media reports, that Kaspersky Lab and 11 other developers had been faced with functionality gaps or restrictions over launching of Screen Time.
“Having studied all the materials, the FAS concluded that Apple’s actions, involving applying undefined software requirements to developers and rejecting software versions that have been previously distributed in the App Store, showcase Apple’s abuse of its dominant position in the iOS application distribution market,” the FAS said.
The hearing will be held on September 13.
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