Apple stares Antitrust Investigation in Brazil

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog, Cade, has started an investigation into Apple Inc for alleged abuse of a dominant position. The investigation was opened on January 12 following a complaint filed by Latin America’s e-commerce and fintech giant, MercadoLibre Inc.

The complaint adds to a series of antitrust cases around the world, including in the US, EU, UK, South Korea, Japan, India, and Indonesia, Cade added.

The Cupertino, California-based company usually requires developers to use its own payment system, which helps ensure it receives a commission for apps downloaded on its platform. This tight control has attracted lawsuits and antitrust scrutiny, often focusing on Apple’s refusal to allow developers to steer users to other payment methods.

MercadoLibre in December filed complaints in Brazil and Mexico – its two largest markets – alleging that Apple is violating anti-competitive practices by prohibiting third-parties from distributing digital goods on iOS apps and leading to higher prices.

The Brazil investigation may take as long as two and a half years to be resolved.

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