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Russia: Apple for locking out Kaspersky Lab

 |  August 8, 2019

According to Patently Apple, Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab to Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog claiming Apple may be abusing its dominant market position. The original complaint was filed in March.

Watchdog FAS (Federal Antitrust Service) stated it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple’s operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the parental control app.

It stated Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar functions to the Kaspersky program. Parental control apps allow parents to control their children’s phone and tablet usage.

Kaspersky claimed Apple’s App Store guidelines allowed for a limited use of MDM, but that it was not clear how to obtain Apple’s permission to do so. It also claimed the requirements reduced the competitiveness of third party developers.

Full Content: Patently Apple

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