Apple defends itself against Bercy

the american giant Apple defended itself, on Friday, September 23, before the Paris Commercial Court for having imposed unbalanced conditions on developers registered in its application store, in a conflict that has opposed the French government for more than five years. The court will deliver a sentence on December 19.

The procedure is the result of an investigation initiated in 2015 by the General Directorate of Competition, Consumption and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) on the clauses of commercial contracts that oblige application developers to Google and apple. In March 2018, amid tensions with the United States of donald trump who wanted to tax steel and aluminum imports, the Minister of Economy bruno the mayor had revealed having filed a complaint against the two American giants for “abusive business practices”.

Bercy accuses Apple and Google of “imposing tariffs” on French start-ups that wish to sell their applications on their platforms, of recovering their data and of being able to “unilaterally modify contracts.” Bercy also criticizes them for “taking commissions for transactions” carried out on the applications “up to 30%”. If Google was finally sentenced in March to a civil fine of 2 million euros and to modify seven contested clauses, the procedure for Apple took longer. After unsuccessfully trying to refer priority issues of constitutionality, the (…)

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