Apple’s Tyranny Questioned by Kaspersky

It seems like all major companies are going to gang up against Apple any day now. One shouldn’t blame them either. While on one side, Apple boasts the exclusivity and uniqueness of its services, on the other they take ever so unpopular decisions. The annoyed tone apart, Kaspersky follows the steps of Spotify by filing a complaint against Apple with EU regulators.

To understand the context a bit, please refer to this article. To sum it all up, Apple continues to exercise its unfair ways by charging its cut for subscription-based apps. Previously, Apple caused Spotify to lodge a complain as well. While it would inconvenience the end users, they decided to pull out the in-app subscription options. This bullying forced them to lodge the complaint.

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Safe Kids App by Kaspersky

Now, coming back to Kaspersky. The famous company for producing one of the leading antivirus solutions came to an impasse with the Trillion Dollar giant. This stems back to their product, the Kaspersky Safe Kids app. The App was available on the app store for 3 years but was recently taken down. Apple reasoned that it did not comply with iOS12’s terms and conditions. To go into specifics, the app allowed user permission editing. This meant that parents could restrict certain apps and web browsers for their children. Because this went against their terms and conditions, Apple forced Kaspersky to remove these features. While this shouldn’t be a problem for any other developer, for Kaspersky’s app, THESE WERE THE TWO MAIN FEATURES. After the disagreement, Apple removed the app from the app store.

Kaspersky sees this as unfair treatment by the tech giant. On this note, they decided to file the complaint. While this is a good action by the company, something all the companies affected similarly should do, Apple will sadly continue to bully others in a similar manner. This monopolistic rule by Apple is reported by Kaspersky in their Blog here.

One Comment

  1. While Apple is wrong in this case, it does highlight a fundamental flaw in iOS: Apple’s security model depends entirely on the untrained and overworked curators of the App Store. A malicious app can spy on you, and spy on other apps — and you cannot do anything to prevent it, You cannot edit app permissions. You cannot observe internet traffic and block it on a per-app or per-site basis. You cannot put a CPU meter in your menu bar, to reveal when apps are misbehaving. iOS is frightfully insecure, and you should not use it at all.

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