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Competitio­n watchdog looks at Apple’s fees

- By Michael Cogley

REGULATORS have launched a landmark investigat­ion into Apple as a British crackdown on Big Tech gathers pace.

The Competitio­n and Markets Authority (CMA) will examine claims that Apple’s App Store is unfair and anticompet­itive, following years of accusation­s that the firm abuses its dominance by charging sky-high fees to developers.

It comes after the watchdog launched similar action against Google, Facebook and Amazon.

The iPhone maker charges developers

a 30pc fee for any income they earn from apps listed on its store and forces them to sign up to a strict set of rules. It has been accused of draconian conduct by major providers including Epic Games, Spotify and Tinder.

App makers have also complained that they must use Apple’s payment system for in-app purchases, rather than opting for other alternativ­es.

Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: “Our ongoing examinatio­n into digital markets has already uncovered some worrying trends.”

Britain is to set up a new digital markets unit within the CMA to focus on online companies amid growing calls for a tougher stance.

Apple said that it will work with the CMA “to explain how our guidelines for privacy, security and content have made the App Store a trusted marketplac­e”.

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