Representatives of startups attack Apple for abusive business practices


The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and France Digitale have taken legal action against Apple. In question, alleged abusive contractual conditions imposed on developers seeking to sell their applications on the App Store.

Apple’s rules for app developers are abusive

The practices of GAFA have been making a lot of talk in recent weeks. This time, it is the Apple company that is in the sights of the General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and the France Digital association. The two entities filed a complaint against the brand with the apple-shaped logo to denounce contractual conditions deemed abusive on the App store.

At issue: the rules imposed by Apple on application developers for its platform where the App store is the single point of distribution. In particular the question of the 30% of income affected by the GAFA giant on each transaction. It was the Paris Commercial Court that took up this case. Not less than 1,800 European startups are represented by the DGCCRF and France Digital. The hearing is scheduled for September 17.

The App store should be seen as a store like any other

France Digital considers, in this case, that the App store must be a simple store and must therefore be subject to the same laws as large-scale retailers in their relationship with small producers. The association had already attacked Apple before the CNIL last March for breach of the general data protection regulation.

Thus, the American giant takes advantage of its strong position in the new technologies market. ā€œFrance is tackling the root of the problem. Apple can only impose a 30% commission in the App Store because it has tied up startups with unbalanced contractual conditions ā€, said Nicolas Brien, president of the European Start-Up Network. Either Apple is in breach of existing law, or existing law is unable to regulate platforms, he added.