The EU Commission preliminarily finds abuse of dominant position by a Big Tech firm based on denying access to essential hardware that would allow other apps to compete with its payment feature (Apple Pay)

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple over practices regarding Apple Pay* The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it abused its dominant position in markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices. By limiting access to a standard technology used for contactless payments with mobile devices in stores (‘Near-Field Communication (NFC)' or ‘tap and go'), Apple restricts competition in the mobile wallets market on iOS. The Commission takes issue with the decision by Apple to prevent mobile wallets app developers, from accessing the necessary hardware and software (‘NFC input') on its devices, to the benefit of its own solution, Apple Pay. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of

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European Commission, The EU Commission preliminarily finds abuse of dominant position by a Big Tech firm based on denying access to essential hardware that would allow other apps to compete with its payment feature (Apple Pay), 2 May 2022, e-Competitions May 2022 - II, Art. N° 106469

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