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Apple faces investigation for alleged unfair competition in Russia

The logo of Apple company is to be seen outside of an Apple store in Bordeaux, France, on March 22, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Apple’s (AAPL.(O) has been studied in Russia, and in response to a complaint of a cyber security company, Kaspersky Lab, and the possibility of abuse of a dominant position on the market of Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday.

The watchdog FAS said that it was an investigation into why the new version of Kaspersky Lab’s Safe to Kids and the application was rejected due to the Apple’s operating system, which will result in a significant loss of functionality for parental controls in the app.

It is said, Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app to Display the Time, which has the same functions as the Kaspersky lab software program. Parental control apps allow parents to have their children’s phone and tablet usage.

Asked about the Russian investigation, as Apple referred Reuters to an April 28 statement in which it said that it had recently been removed to the various parental control apps available at the App Store, because they are in the position of the users ‘ privacy and security is at risk.”

He is said to have a number of apps which were using a very invasive technology called Mobile Device Management (MDM), and the use of a consumer-facing app, it is a violation of App Store policies.

Kaspersky said Apple’s App Store guidelines, are permitted to have a limited use of master data management, but it is not clear how to obtain Apple’s permission to do so. He also said that the demands of the competitive position of a third-party developer.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Nadezhda Tsydenova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jason Neely/Keith Weir

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