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French Competition Authority may impose a fine on Apple due to “anti-competitive practices”

Apple is back in the sights of regulators in France. The French Competition Authority will be able to impose a fine company of the apple due to alleged anti-competitive practices with regard to distribution and sales network.

According to sources to which Reuters had access, the French regulator will take a final decision next Monday, March 16. However, they did not reveal any further details about the value of the fine or the reasons behind it.

In its last annual report, issued in October 2019, Apple refers to an investigation by the French Competition Authority. While admitting that the final decision may include a fine, the company does not agree with the regulator's claims.

Still in French lands, in February this year, Apple agreed to pay a fine of 25 million euros to avoid a lawsuit. At issue is an investigation by the French anti-fraud services, which concluded that there were information flaws about the iOS system updates in versions 10.2.1 and 11.2. According to the authority, Apple's performance "is a deceptive business practice by default"

The lawsuit against Apple was opened by the Paris Public Ministry in January 2018 and was based on a complaint by the French association Alto Programmed Obsolescence, after several users complained that their iPhone 6 SE and 7 were slower after updating the iOS. Unable to return to the previous version of the OS, many users had to buy a new smartphone.

It should be remembered that this is not the first time that the French Competition Authority has imposed fines on technological giants. In December 2019, the regulator imposed a fine of 150 euros Google. At issue was the behavior of the Mountain View company, which went against competition laws, since it was abusing its dominant position in the online advertising market.

The entity's decision is the conclusion of a four-year investigation into a complaint made by Gibmedia against Google's online advertising platform. The French company runs several websites that offer weather forecasts, business data and directions. In 2015, your Google Ads account was suspended by Google without notice.