The Japanese FTC closes the investigation against a Big Tech company for allegedly restricting business activities of digital app developers on its app store after the company agreed to update the store’s guidelines, including on payment methods and app review process (Apple)

Closing the Investigation on the Suspected Violation of the Antimonopoly Act by Apple Inc.* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “JFTC”) has investigated Apple Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Apple”) in accordance with the provisions of the Antimonopoly Act since October 2016. Apple has been suspected [1] of restricting business activities, such as selling digital contents [2], etc., of enterprises that distribute applications (hereinafter the enterprises referred to as “developers” and the applications as “apps”) based on App Store Review Guidelines (hereinafter referred to as “Guideline”) as Apple operates App Store, where the developers distribute apps for iPhone. During the JFTC’s investigation, Apple proposed to take measures such as revising the Guideline

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Japanese Competition Authority, The Japanese FTC closes the investigation against a Big Tech company for allegedly restricting business activities of digital app developers on its app store after the company agreed to update the store’s guidelines, including on payment methods and app review process (Apple), 2 September 2021, e-Competitions September 2021, Art. N° 102795

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