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Australian Watchdog to look into Competition between Apple and Google App Stores

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed that they are interested to examine how data is being used and shared by Google and Apple. The regulating body will also examine whether a larger extent of pricing transparency is needed in the country’s mobile apps market.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said in a statement, “The ACCC is interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple as a result of their control of the major app stores.”

The business practices of US tech giants have come under scrutiny off late globally. However, Australian regulators have been careful and extremely aggressive in trying to lead in their reach.

Australia presently is all set to become the first country to make Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google pay for news sourced from local providers under a royalty-style system.

The decision of the commission came amid Apple’s legal war with Epic Games, after which the Fortnite creator executed a feature to let iPhone users make in-app purchases directly, rather than using Apple’s in-app purchase system. Later Apple had also removed Epic Games’ account on its App Store.

Australia is all set to become the first country to make Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google pay for news sourced from local providers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s planned consumer survey on app purchases and intend to use it as a part of a five-year inquiry which will produce reports every six months analyzing markets for the supply of digital platform services in Australia. The final report from the Watchdog is likely expected in March 2021 next year.

Off late Italy’s competition watchdog also said that it had opened probes into tech giants Google, Apple, and Dropbox for possible prejudicial commercial practices in their cloud computing services.

Six investigations in total have been opened against Google’s Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, and Dropbox.

The Autorita Garante Della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) said that the probes against Google and Apple look at an inadequate indication of the collection and commercial use of data provided by the user.

The latest probe by the Italian watchdog came as European countries this year imposed taxes on the so-called GAFA group — Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

Tech giants in Italy are accused of unfairly exploiting tax rules that let them declare profits in low-tax havens, depriving other governments of their share.

Australian Watchdog also wants to look into the competition and pricing transparency issues.