The European Unions antitrust service has picked up Google Play
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The European Union’s antitrust service has picked up Google Play – financial relationships with developers are being investigated

Brussels has sent out confidential questionnaires to Google’s competitors seeking answers to questions about Google Play’s commission fees for Android app developers. This will be reported Politically citing two anonymous sources.

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The Dutch investigation into Google Play is likely to be closed as the issue of anti-competitive practices is now being investigated across the EU. A parallel investigation of the App Store is also being conducted by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The commission for each transaction in mobile applications hosted on Google Play is up to 30%, and until recently European developers were not allowed to use alternative payment systems.

A Google spokesman said the company had held talks with the European Commission “Series of Moments”, including some steps taken by the site to mitigate the developers’ allegations of the internet giant’s unfair practices. The company recently announced that it will allow certain categories of developers to use third-party payment systems when making transactions from European users. Google called the measure the first step in enforcing the EU’s recently passed Digital Markets Act (DMA), which imposes a series of bans and new obligations on the world’s largest tech companies, including Google, Meta*Amazon, Apple and Microsoft.

At the moment, not everyone in the European Commission is happy with Google’s actions: there is an opinion that the company is not doing enough to comply with the law. The DMA is expected to be included in the European set of rules in October, and companies subject to it will have to comply with the new rules from 2024.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.

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