Developer Complains To EU About Apple And Google App Rules After COVID Game Rejected By Reuters

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By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A German app developer has filed a complaint with the European Union antitrust authorities against Google (NASDAQ 🙂 and Apple (NASDAQ :), which it said last year rejected a game intended for promote government compliance with COVID 19 rules. Various developers have challenged Google and Apple over their app policies, prompting calls for regulatory action, as nearly all smartphones outside of restricted markets like China come with Google’s Play Store or Google’s App Store. Manzana. In the United States, state attorneys general are planning a lawsuit against Google over its Play Store for Android phones following the complaints, sources told Reuters. The latest complaint filed with the European Commission came this week from German app developer Florian Mueller, who is also a lobbyist and blogger and once led a successful campaign against an EU law. Mueller has filed a similar complaint with the United States Department of Justice and antitrust enforcement agencies in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Australia. He also plans to present another in India next week. Mueller says the app rules set by the two US tech giants are holding back innovation, in violation of EU regulation, after both companies rejected its Corona Control Game app in November. Google and Apple rules say that COVID-19-related apps must be approved by the government to avoid promoting conflicting or incorrect health advice. Google told Reuters in response to Mueller’s complaint that it only approves apps that reference COVID-19 or related terms if they are published, commissioned or authorized by an official government entity or public health organization. Apple did not immediately comment, but did refer to guidelines issued in March that say no entertainment or gaming apps with COVID-19 as the subject will be allowed. The Commission declined to comment. Whether the EU antitrust authorities decide to accept a case depends on the merits of the individual complaint and the remedies available. Mueller’s complaint, which was seen by Reuters, reads: “The stated objective of ‘ensuring the credibility of health and safety information’ does not justify general rules based on authorship or simply the combination of a broad category and a topic. “. Mueller said that after modifying his app and renaming it Viral Days so that it did not refer specifically to the coronavirus, it got approval from Google and Apple last month. The complaint said that rules set by Google and Apple denied app developers small market opportunities and hampered them by unreasonably slowing and complicating the delivery of app previews to testers.

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