Russia fines Apple $12 million for antitrust practices on the App Store
What you need to know
- Russia's antitrust authority has fined Apple $12 million for antitrust practices.
- The orders have been halted as Apple has filed an appeal.
Apple is going to need to shell out some of those Q2 2021 earnings to Russia.
As reported by The Moscow Times, Russia's antitrust authority has fined Apple $12 million as a result of a lawsuit brought against the company by the cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said in a statement that Apple was found to have "abused its dominant position in the distribution of mobile applications on the iOS operating system."
The fine is related to another ruling which said that Apple had wrongfully blocked Kaspersky from adding features to its Safe Kids parental control app while launching its competing Screen Time feature. Apple at the time said that it had blocked certain functionality in parental control apps because it invaded the privacy of children.
Apple has confirmed that it will continue to appeal the decision, causing the FAS to suspend its orders until the appeal is heard and decided upon.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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