March 2, 2024

Japan plans to fine Apple over app stores and force sideloading

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Japan plans to fine Apple over app stores and force sideloading

Japan is preparing regulations that will force Apple and Google to allow alternative App Stores, and impose fines on both for antitrust issues regarding OS market share and preferential search results.

An Apple Store in Japan
An Apple Store in Japan

The planned laws follow Japan’s previous moves to require Apple to allow third-party app stores — and Apple’s attempts to argue against the plan.

According to Nikkei Asia, if proposed regulations are passed by the country’s parliament in 2024, the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) will be allowed to fine firms up to 6% of revenue earned from activities contravening the laws.

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