One of the leading names in the cyber-security arena, Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple Inc. with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia regarding Apple’s policy on apps distributed through the app store, according to a report by ZDNet. The complaint deals with Apple’s monopolistic approach over its app store.
As per the report, Apple used its power over the app store to remove two important features from the Kaspersky Safe Kids iOS app–namely app control and Safari browser blocking.
Apple has its own version of the events and the company said that the configuration policy was against the Apple store policy and hence had to be removed so that the app could be reviewed and published in the store.
As per Kaspersky, Apple had never had any issues with Kaspersky Safe Kids prior to the latest development; the app had been hosted in the App Store, meeting all of the guidelines, for nearly three years.
Kaspersky further goes to add in its blog:
“By removing these two features from Kaspersky Safe Kids for iOS, we are massively letting down parents, who expect that their kids will be able to safely use iPhones and iPads that have our app installed. We believe it is essential that all of our customers, whether they are young or old, are completely safe and get exactly what they expect.”
This is not the first time that developers and companies have raised concerns about Apple’s methods and its way of working. Earlier this month, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission about the abrupt behavior and the way the company manages its app store.
According to Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify, “In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience—essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers.”