The Dutch Competition Authority launches investigations into a big tech company for abusing its dominant position giving its applications preferential treatment (Apple App Store)

Dutch Antitrust Authority investigates Apple: does this support Spotify’s complaint?* After Google has been fined several times for breach of (EU) competition rules the last couple of years, it might now be Apple’s turn. Last month (March 2019), Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (“ACM”) immediately responded by stating that ACM is finalizing its market study into mobile app stores which it launched a year before. ACM added that it examines similar practices as Spotify is complaining about to the Commission. On 11 April 2019, ACM indeed published its market study into mobile app stores. Most interesting development is, however, perhaps that ACM simultaneously announced the launch of an investigation into

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Mariska van de Sanden, Pauline Kuipers, The Dutch Competition Authority launches investigations into a big tech company for abusing its dominant position giving its applications preferential treatment (Apple App Store), 11 April 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2019, Art. N° 90344

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