Australia’s ACCC to examine competition between Apple and Google app stores

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Australia’s competition regulator has just said it would look into the use of and sharing of information by apps and the extent of competition between Apple Inc’s and Google’s app stores.

Additionally, it will look at whether more pricing transparency is needed in Australia’s mobile apps market.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is “interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple as a result of their control of the major app stores,” Delia Rickard, the commission’s deputy chair, said in a prepared statement.

The company practices of the two US tech giants have come under scrutiny internationally but Australian authorities are among the most aggressive in trying to rein in their reach. Australia is set to become the first country to make Facebook Inc and Google pay for information sourced from local providers under a royalty-style system.

Google and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this matter.

The commission’s intended consumer survey on program purchases and use a part of a five-year question that will produce reports every six months analysing markets for the distribution of electronic platform services in Australia.

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A final report is expected in March 2021.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Australia’s ACCC to examine competition between Apple and Google app stores‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru. Additional reporting by Sameer Manekar and Aditya Munjuluru. Editing by Edwina Gibbs.

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