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Apple under investigation for unfair competition in Russia

Key Points
  • Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday Apple is under investigation following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kapersky Lab.
  • The watchdog said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application had not been updated on the Apple operating system.
  • It said Apple may be abusing its dominant position in smartphone apps.
Apple CEO Tim Cook participates in an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and others in the White House in Washington, March 6, 2019.
Leah Millis | Reuters

Apple is under investigation in Russia following a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab and may be abusing its dominant position in smartphone apps, Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday.

Watchdog FAS said it was investigating why a new version of Kaspersky Lab's Safe Kids application had not been updated on the Apple operating system, resulting in a significant loss in functionality for the app.

It said Apple had released an updated version of its own app, Screen Time, which had similar functions to the Kaspersky programme.

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