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Apple faces another antitrust complaint over App Store, this time in India

The company’s app store policies have attracted criticism from Indian app developers and startup founders.

A non-profit called Together We Fight Society has filed an antitrust case against Apple over its App Store practices with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), Reuters reported. The legislation comes at a time when both Apple and Google are facing increased regulatory scrutiny and legal battles across the world. Targetted at Apple's in-app purchasing system The filing accuses Apple of abusing its dominant position in the apps market by forcing developers to use its in-app purchase system, the report stated. Apple charges a 30 percent commission on all in-app purchases, which developers have alleged is too high. "The existence of the 30% commission means that some app developers will never make it to the market ... This could also result in consumer harm," the filing said according to Reuters. The complainant added that it filed the case in the interest of protecting Indian consumers and startups. In speaking with MediaNama, Together We Fight said that the following issues were highlighted in its complaint: Higher prices for consumers: The 30 percent in-app purchase fee called the "Apple tax" not only impacts start-ups but also end consumers because app developers pass on the "Apple tax" to final consumers by charging higher prices. Restrictions on communications: App developers are not allowed to communicate to users about alternative purchasing options that don't attract the 30 percent commission. Unreasonable suspension and removal of apps: The complainant has also highlighted the "capricious, whimsical nature of the App Store policy" that may lead to either suspension or removal…

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