Large technology companies are in a very delicate moment when it comes to regulation. Not a few believe that action should be taken against them. And little by little, institutions are increasing scrutiny to which they are subjected. An example, without going any further, we have in Spain.
We know too well Apple’s control over its sales channels. The company tries to have absolute control over them. Not only with their own stores, but also with resellers, who must have authorization. This is a common thing in luxury brands, but CNMC has paid attention to the online sales channels of those in Cupertino.
Specifically, the National Markets and Competition Commission has initiated a disciplinary proceedings not only against Apple, but also against Amazon. According to the commission, these two companies could have agreed to trade restrictions regarding the sale of Apple products in Spain. Something that, above all, would affect Marketplace platforms.
Amazon itself, within its portal, has its own online sales platform for third parties. In it, it is possible to sell using the same showcase as the company. It is in this where trade restrictions may be in place for the benefit of Amazon and Apple. A practice that would put third-party companies that use the service at risk.
At the moment, no sanction has been set for companies. However, and as indicated in the published communication, a period of 18 months is established for its resolution. Thus, we will have to wait to know the outcome of this matter, and the response of Amazon and Apple regarding this file from the CNMC.
Source: iPadizate by www.ipadizate.es.
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