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Apple Under Investigation for Unfair Business Practices in Europe

by Jacob Kleinman | May 31, 2013May 31, 2013 8:00 pm PDT

Rotten Apple

Fresh off a trip to D.C. to testify in front of the U.S. Senate and defend its corporate tax policies, Apple is under scrutiny again. This time it’s under the microscope of the European Commission following allegations that the company may have used its influence to gain an unfair market advantage for the iPhone. A questionnaire sent out to mobile networks to be returned by June 17 was leaked to The Guardian and published earlier today.

“The commission is currently investigating alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the EU/European economic area … relating to the distribution of Apple’s smartphones (‘iPhones’) and the limitation or exclusion from use of technical functions on ‘iPhones’,” reads the questionnaire’s preamble.

The document goes on to ask a series of questions focused on uncovering whether Apple may have forced carriers to buy a certain number of iPhones, to subsidize the device themselves in order to boost sales, or to give the handset preferential treatment and promotion over its competitors.You can read the full list of questions over at The Guardian.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...