House Judiciary committee letter to Apple on competitive practices investigation
This is seems like a very broad request, and the specifics they ask for reflect a good understanding of tech issues.
- Explanation for why certain parental control apps were removed from the App Store. Context is that these apps directly compete with Apple's parental control offering.
- Request for the policy around non-Apple payment processors. Context for this is Apple doesn't let Amazon, Netflix etc. opt out of the 15-30% revenue cut by using their own payment processor.
- Why Apple doesn't let competing app stores to run on the iPhone.
- Use of the tech-crowd phrase "sherlock" as a verb, referring to when Apple copies 3rd party features and in-houses them.
- Why Apple doesn't allow 3rd party browser engines.
The staffer who wrote this clearly did their homework, and understand what's going on.
I'm a lot more enthusiastic about this kind of tech regulation, vs. privacy stuff. I'm hoping it will result in some new rules that limit the power of Apple, Google, etc. to squeeze out smaller startups. TBD on if that will ever happen.