According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry both Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google are engaged in using illegal methods to undermine serious competition in the Smartphone app market. The two activities they found inappropriate are restricting payment methods developers can accept and preventing the use of virtual currencies between apps and making users use their own currency for example Google Play Cards and Apple Store Cards.
These activities can violate Japan’s anti-monopoly law, the advisory panel said in a report.
Japan’s Advisory Panel added in their statement “We should monitor the situation, If the competition regulator judges certain actions to be illegal, they should take firm legal measures in response.”
This is not the first time when Google was alleged of doing something illegal Google in April was found guilty of using its Android mobile operating system to block competitors by European Union, which may carry a heavy fine of up to $7.4 billion over the firm.
Due to this, Anti-trust violations have come out in more worsened phase for U.S. technology companies.
The METI panel report looked at how the two U.S. technology giants, as well as other players that control the Smartphone applications selling platforms, use their positions of power to decide what app developers can and cannot do.
Japan’s government has placed renewed and more focus on the technology industry after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made investment in cutting edge technology as a central part of his economic growth strategy.
If Google and Apple are found guilty then we can see various bans on them in Japan and following this it may happen that other countries also come forward to do the same to protect the rights of app developers.
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