CAF Statement on the European Commission’s Preliminary Findings that Apple’s App Store Rules Violate the Digital Markets Act

BRUSSELS – Today, Rick VanMeter, Executive Director of the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), released the following statement after the European Commission announced that Apple is violating the Digital Markets Act (DMA) by preventing developers from pointing consumers outside mobile apps to make purchases. 

“Today the European Commission’s preliminary findings confirmed Apple’s sham DMA compliance plan violates the law. 

“These findings are an important step in the effective enforcement of the DMA. We welcome the Commission’s prompt investigation into Apple’s anti-steering provisions and the initiation of a new investigation into Apple’s contractual terms for alternative app distribution, including the proposed Core Technology Fee. With these steps, the Commission has further demonstrated its commitment to opening up the mobile app marketplace to competition, benefiting European consumers and developers. 

“It is now incumbent on Apple to adjust their terms or face a noncompliance decision as the Commission continues to enforce the law. We will continue our work with the Commission to bring choice and competition to the mobile app ecosystem.” 


The Coalition for App Fairness is an independent nonprofit organization formed to protect consumer choice, foster competition, and create a level playing field for all app and game developers globally. Originally formed by Basecamp, Blix,, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Proton, Skydemon, Spotify, and Life360, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 80 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at

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