Apple Caves In To US Lawmakers Investigating Company Practices
Apple who is facing yet another hearing into their questionable business activities, has had what appears to be a change of attitude and is now claiming, that they will make a senior executive available to the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights after initially refusing the US lawmakers.
The Senate Subcommittee is investigating both Apple and Google over competition issues and concerns from app developers.
“Apple’s power over the cost, distribution, and availability of mobile applications on the Apple devices used by millions of consumers raises serious competition issues that are of interest to the subcommittee, consumers, and app developers,” according to the letter to Cook on Friday.
“A full and fair examination of these issues before the subcommittee requires Apple’s participation.”
The Justice Department’s antitrust division has been investigating Apple’s App Store practices to determine whether the company is harming competition, Bloomberg has reported.
Apple is also embroiled in an antitrust lawsuit with Epic Games which goes to trial in early May.
In the letter to US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee Apple finally caved into pressure claiming that it will make Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer available to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 21.
In a letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Friday, the senators said that Apple had declined to participate according to Bloomberg.
Apple in response said that it was “surprised” to receive the letter to Cook and that it was simply seeking alternative dates.
“We have deep respect for your role and process on these matters and, as we told your staff, we are willing to participate in a hearing in the subcommittee,” Apple said. “We simply sought alternative dates in light of upcoming matters that have been scheduled for some time and that touch on similar issues.”
Andeer previously testified on several matters for Apple before the House of Representatives and other U.S. lawmakers.