Australian Watchdog To Probe Apple, Google App Stores

Australia’s competition regulator on Tuesday, September 8, said it would look into the extent of competition between the app stores of Apple and Google, and also examine whether more pricing transparency is needed in the country’s mobile apps market, reported Reuters.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is “interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple as a result of their control of the major app stores,” Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.

Regulators Down Under have been among the most aggressive in trying to rein in the reach of US tech giants, with Australia set to become the first country to make Facebook and Alphabet’s  Google pay for news sourced from local providers.

The commission’s decision also comes amid Apple’s legal tussle with Epic Games, after the “Fortnite” creator implemented a feature to let iPhone users make in-app purchases directly, rather than using Apple’s in-app purchase system.