Russia fines Apple $12 million for antitrust violation
Apple has just been fined $12M by Russian antitrust authorities, according to a report from The Moscow Times. The tech giant has been sued by Kaspersky, a large cybersecurity company, for unfair treatment and an antitrust violation—something that's been getting Apple into hot water quite a bit lately, it seems.
The information was originally released in a statement from Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service, or FAS.
It turns out that back in 2018, Kaspersky was updating its Safe Kids parental control app, but was unjustly blocked from Apple. At the exact same time, however, Apple released its own competing feature called Screen Time as part of iOS 12.
Now that Kaspersky has won the lawsuit, the Russian court is ordering the Cupertino giant to do more than shell out twelve million dollars.
In addition, Apple will be forced to change their own terms and conditions that allow them to "reject third-party applications from the App Store for any reason, even if they meet all requirements." The court has also ordered that Apple make sure that "in-house apps do not take precedence over third-party apps."
Apple is currently appealing the fine, arguing that its reason for blocking Safe Kids had nothing to do with competing services. Rather, the company said that Kapersky's app was putting "users' privacy and security at risk" using highly invasive technology.