LONDON – Rick VanMeter, Executive Director of the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) released the following statement regarding the United Kingdom’s Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill.
“The introduction of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill is a significant step towards creating a fair and open mobile app ecosystem that benefits UK consumers and developers. Apple and Google have abused their excessive dominance and unchecked power over mobile devices to stifle competition, slow innovation, and impose high fees on developers and consumers for more than a decade.
“This legislation will enable the Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to enact the CMA’s recommendations from its 2022 report, including opening mobile app stores to competition in app distribution and in-app payments. An empowered DMU will level the playing field for UK businesses and developers, ending the entrenched market power of mobile app monopolists, and boosting the international growth of UK-born businesses. As the bill advances through the legislative process, we look forward to working with policymakers and regulators in the UK to ensure the DMU can effectively protect consumers and promote competition.”
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 70 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.
April 25, 2023