Apple faces antitrust investigation in Brazil

Apple faces antitrust investigation in Brazil

Apple is under investigation by Brazilian antitrust watchdog CADE over allegations that it is violating antitrust laws, by demanding app developers stay in its allegedly restrictive system and processes.

Reuters reported, the ecommerce company MercadoLibre complained to CADE that Apple imposed several constraints on the distribution of digital goods and in-app purchases.

MercadoLibre also criticised Apple for demanding developers that offer digital goods or services with apps, to use Apple’s own payment system and stop redirects to their own websites. This policy of the US technology giant has been brought up to regulators globally, with developers echoing MercadoLibre’s complaints in European Union, Britain, South Korea, Japan, India and Indonesia.

A US court ruled Apple did not violate trust laws as its system brings security benefits to users, and this outweighs the harm to app developers. The ruling is being appealed and the conflict on this issue rages around the world, as Apple devices are among the most widely used.

"Similar investigations are being conducted by antitrust authorities in other jurisdictions," CADE said in a statement

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