Russian antitrust authorities investigating Apple Inc over abusing its market dominance

The development revolves around a highly invasive technology called Mobile Device Management.

On Thursday, antitrust authorities in Russia disclosed, they have begun investigating Apple Inc following a complaint from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab that Cupertino may be abusing its dominant market position.

Russia’s FAS stated it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple’s operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the parental control app.

According to the FAS, Apple had released its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar functionalities to Kaspersky’s Safe Kids app.

When asked to comment on the Russian investigation, Apple referred to a statement it had put out on April 28 wherein it had stated it removed several parental control apps from its App Store since they “put users’ privacy and security at risk.”

Several of these apps were using a “highly invasive” technology called Mobile Device Management (MDM) and that this was in violation of its App Store policies, said Apple.

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