Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab filed an antitrust complaint after Apple informed the firm that its screen time management application violated App Store policies. In a blog post that was first seen by 9to5Mac Kaspersky Lab claims that Apple only raised an objection to the Kaspersky Safe Kids application after the release of the iOS 12 Screen Time feature, which offers a functionality similar to Kaspersky software. Later, Apple banned the application, prompting Kaspersky to file a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia
. The claim comes shortly after a similar complaint filed by Spotify, which alleges that Apple's so-called App Store tax – 30 percent of any transaction: granted to the company's own services (in this case, Apple Music ) an unfair advantage over its competitors. Apple responded quickly to the complaint, saying that the 30 percent cut is reduced to 15 percent after the first year of subscription and that its ecosystem provides an essential service for Spotify.
The claims of Kaspersky Lab and Spotify share some similarities, but there are also crucial differences. The most important is that Apple does not provide an application that competes with the functionality offered by Kaspersky Safe Kids. In contrast, Kaspersky's competitor is the iOS operating system, which has the Apple Screen Time function incorporated from iOS 12.
The two complaints arise as the idea of dividing the big technology companies is being becoming a more dominant position. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running for president in 2020, has also raised questions about how Apple operates and competes within its app store, and has called for the company to be broken. Warren has also proposed to break Amazon, Google and Facebook.