Open App Markets Act: Advancing a Fair and Competitive App Marketplace
For too long, app stores have abused their monopoly power to throttle competition and innovation and stifle consumer choice and freedom in the digital marketplace.
The bipartisan Open App Markets Act would rein in these gatekeepers and the unfair and anti-competitive practices running rampant in app stores today to make a freer, fairer, more competitive app economy of tomorrow.
The Open App Markets Act would:
Fix a Broken App Economy and Promote Innovation
- Bar app stores from requiring apps to use their in-app payment systems, through which they charge exorbitant fees and enact gag orders between apps and their own customers
- Open equal access to operating systems, technical information, and features so that both app stores and third party developers have equal footing in creating their products and services
Strengthen Consumer Freedom and Choice
- Allow users to choose what apps they want as their defaults, easily delete pre-installed apps they don’t want, and install their choice of app store on their own devices
- Break down the barriers app stores put between developers and their own users, allowing developers to communicate directly with their customers — including to offer discounts and refunds
Prohibit Anti-Competitive Practices in the App Marketplace
- Ban app stores from “self-preferencing,” engaging in behaviors that put their own products at an advantage over those of competitors, including ranking their apps above others and suppressing competing apps
- Prohibit app stores from using the confidential business information of third party apps to create a competing product