WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Meghan DiMuzio, the executive director for the Coalition for App Fairness, issued the following statement on outgoing Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims’ remarks on the commission’s commitment to ensuring app store competition and the ACCC’s plans to release a consultation paper on this critical issue:
“The upcoming release of the ACCC’s consultation paper is an important step toward reining in app stores’ anticompetitive conduct, ” said Meghan DiMuzio, executive director of the Coalition for App Fairness. “ Strong and upfront rules would spur innovation and competition in Australia’s digital marketplace, benefiting consumers and developers alike. We look forward to working with the ACCC to bring competition in app distribution and payments to Australians and around the world.”
This consultation follows the ACCC’s April 2021 interim report which argues that while Apple and Google are competitors, both companies face very little competition in app distribution on their respective mobile platforms. The report declared users should be able to choose alternative payment options outside those mandated by app store gatekeepers.
About the Coalition for App Fairness
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, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Proton, Skydemon, Spotify, and Tile, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 60 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.