EU Regulatory Crackdown on Big Tech: Apple, Microsoft, and More Under Investigation

European regulators are intensifying their scrutiny of Big Tech firms like Apple and Microsoft. Recent actions include probes into Apple's mobile payment systems and Microsoft's app bundling practices. Multiple companies are being investigated for breaches of the EU's Digital Markets and Services Acts, potentially leading to significant fines.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 11-07-2024 15:45 IST | Created: 11-07-2024 15:45 IST
EU Regulatory Crackdown on Big Tech: Apple, Microsoft, and More Under Investigation
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European regulators are sharpening their focus on Big Tech companies. In a bid to avoid hefty EU antitrust fines, Apple has agreed to open its tap-and-go mobile payments system to competitors. This move comes after a four-year investigation by EU antitrust enforcers.

The European Commission (EC) revealed that Apple's App Store rules violated the Digital Markets Act by restricting app developers from steering consumers toward alternative offers. The EC is also initiating a new probe into Apple's contractual requirements for third-party developers.

Microsoft is similarly under fire, with the EC accusing it of illegally bundling its Teams app with its Office product. The EC suspects that Microsoft may also be preventing customers from using rival security software. Both Apple and Microsoft have committed to addressing these regulatory concerns.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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