Australian watchdog will be looking into Apple and Google’s app store use of data and sharing of data as well as the rivalry between the two companies. The regulator will also check if more transparency is required in pricing in the mobile apps market in Australia.
The commission’s deputy chair, Delia Rickard said that 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.”
US tech giants have under scrutiny all over the world for their business practices but Australian regulators have been very vigorous with their investigation in order to limit their reach.
Australia will soon be the first country to make Facebook and Google pay for news sources that come from local providers under a royalty-based system.
A consumer survey based on apps bought is a part of the commission’s five-year examination which will come out with reports every six months that look into markets for the supply of digital platform services in Australia. It is expected for the last report to be put out in March 2021.