Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit:

Apple faces anti-trust probe in Russia over rejected parental control app

The tech giant is being accused of unfair competition in Russia.
Amrita Khalid, @askhalid
August 8, 2019
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

NurPhoto via Getty Images

Apple's removal of a parental control app has now made it the target of an anti-trust probe in Russia. The nation's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) is investigating a complaint by Kaspersky Lab over the rejection of its Safe Kids app from the App Store, reported Reuters. The tech giant believes that the Safe Kids app puts "user's safety and privacy at risk", putting it in the same category as a group of other parental control apps it booted from its store earlier this year.

The company has taken heat from US and EU regulators for its tight control over apps that allow parents to limit their children's screen time. Apple this summer issued a new policy on such parental control apps, permitting apps that rely on a VPN or MDM (mobile device management). According to the updated guidance, developers could use such technologies as long as they made sure not to sell children's data to third parties.

According to Reuters, Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids app relies on MDM. The app developer says that while Apple's new rules allow for a limited use of the technology for parental control apps, it's unclear how to obtain Apple's permission to do so. Apple's updated policy notes that MDM apps must request the user's permission to manage their mobile device as well as state in their privacy policy that it won't disclose data to third parties.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

How and where to pre-order an Xbox Series X or S

How and where to pre-order an Xbox Series X or S

View
Amazon's $500 'Prime Bike' is a connected spin bike made by Echelon

Amazon's $500 'Prime Bike' is a connected spin bike made by Echelon

View
Elon Musk warns that Tesla's 'Battery Day' tech is two years away

Elon Musk warns that Tesla's 'Battery Day' tech is two years away

View
Jabra's Elite 85t true wireless earbuds offer adjustable ANC for $229

Jabra's Elite 85t true wireless earbuds offer adjustable ANC for $229

View
The Apple Watch Series 6 is already discounted at Amazon

The Apple Watch Series 6 is already discounted at Amazon

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr