Sunday, 24 June, 2018

France warns Apple and Google of fines over 'abusive' practices

JPEG- 27.1 France to Sue Google, Apple Over 'Abusive Trade Practices' - Economy Minister
Troy Mann | 15 March, 2018, 03:20

What are your thoughts on the French government taking Apple and Google to court over misusing developers with "abusive and commercial practices"?

Technology start-ups are a favorite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation's laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish. If the court agrees with the government and regulator, Apple and Google could be forced to pay up to $2.5 million in fines.

Among the contractual terms in question, the DGCCRF mentions in its statement the imposition of price brackets within which developers must fix the tariffs paid by end-users, the threat of unilateral termination of contract, and the ability to exploit data owned by developers with no reciprocity. "I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn't treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today".

Google spokeswoman Mathilde Mechin said: "We believe our terms comply with French laws and are looking forward to making our case in court".

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France's Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi has often criticized the "golden prisons" for internet users, whose access to content is controlled by U.S. technology giants. As Bloomberg reported, Le Maire spoke to RTL radio. Earlier this year, French regulators launched an investigation into the firm's "deliberate" slowing down of older iPhones.

France was already pursuing Apple, Google and other United States technology giants over the legal strategies that let them route their income from across the European Union through low-tax nations.

Mr Le Maire said the action could result in fines of millions of euros for both firms.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the recent USA tax rules and President Trump's discussion of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could affect tech and pharmaceutical companies based in Europe.

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