German regulator announces lawsuit against Apple
Germany’s antitrust regulator issued a press release saying it launched an antitrust investigation into Apple. Apple allegedly used anti-tracking technology to favor its own apps. The main thing here is the anti-tracking technology (ATT) function, which can help users refuse developers to track. Therefore, it is beneficial to help users better protect their privacy.
Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, said of the proceeding:
“We welcome business models which use data carefully and give users choice as to how their data are used. A corporation like Apple which is in a position to unilaterally set rules for its ecosystem, in particular for its app store, should make pro-competitive rules. We have reason to doubt that this is the case when we see that Apple’s rules apply to third parties, but not to Apple itself. This would allow Apple to preference its own offers or impede other companies. Our proceeding is largely based on the new competencies we received as part of the stricter abuse control rules regarding large digital companies which were introduced last year (Section 19a German Competition Act – GWB). On this basis, we are conducting or have already concluded proceedings against Google/Alphabet, Meta/Facebook and Amazon.”