Although apparently the end of the unease between Apple and Spotify has not improved, a side effect (and inevitable) of this discussion has put Ma back in the spotlight and the watchful eye of oversight bodies.
After Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) against the Cupertino giant about anticompetitive practices within the App Store, it's now the online security firm's turn. Kaspersky Lab to report Ma for the same reason in this case, together with Russian Federal Antimonoplastic Service (FAS).
In a note, Kaspersky explained that the complaint relates to the removal of Kaspersky Safe Kids from the App Store; In the publication, the company said it received a warning from Ma last year that the software did not meet its app store guidelines due to the use of configuration profiles. However, the same app has been hosted on the App Store for nearly three years and has always met the same guidelines.
In order for the app to be made available again, Kaspersky was informed that it would need to remove these profiles in order for Apple's approval, but the Russian company argued that this requirement would undermine two of the service's main functions: application usage management and navigation. from Safari.
On Kaspersky's parental control software page, Kaspersky explains that some features are not available on iOS due to “iOS restrictions”.
Due to operating system restrictions of iOS devices, it is not possible to block children's iPhones and iPads, web control is available only through browsing the Kaspersky Safe Kids application, and application management functionality is not available.
Much to Apple's (even greater) unhappiness, the online security company claimed that the change in App Store policy "coincided" with the release of iOS 12 and the tool. Use Time (Screen Time), which allows users to monitor the amount of time they are spending on certain apps and set time constraints.
In that sense, Kaspersky said this iOS feature “essentially Apple's own parental control app” and suggested that why Ma “changed the rules for apps like Safe Kids and the like that can compete with iOS-integrated features. ”, Citing that the AdGuard app experienced the same problem.
From our point of view, Apple appears to be using its position as platform owner and supervisor of the only available channel to make applications available to dictate terms and prevent other developers from operating equally with it. As a result of the new rules, parental control application developers may lose some of their users and suffer financial impact. Most importantly, however, are the users who will suffer when they lose some critical security features. The parental control application market will move towards a monopoly and hence stagnation.
Kaspersky explained that it had faced a similar problem with Microsoft a few years ago, but it was all sorted out for the quality of customer service. Regarding Ma, the company wrote that it wants to maintain its “victorious relationship” with the company, but equally.
Regarding the complaint, they expect FAS to “benefit the general market” and require Apple to “provide fair competitive conditions to third party developers”; For now, Apple has not responded to Kaspersky's allegations.
We will still see the next chapters of this complaint against Apple.