Epic intentional slowing of older iPhone models that rocked not only the reputation but also the financial position of Apple may get an unexpected continuation. However, not in the US, where at least hundreds of consumers went to court with the claim about recognition of the guilty, and in Russia. As reported by “RIA Novosti”, the state Duma Committee on economic policy, industry, innovative development and entrepreneurship has addressed in Rospotrebnadzor with the request to inspect legality of actions of Apple.
The reason for the treatment of members of the lower house of the Russian Parliament in the CPS was the trial conducted by the Italian Competition authority. Italian antitrust agencies have tested and came to the conclusion that Apple was abusing the design of branded smartphones, which are used to reduce their performance. The outcome of the proceedings for a company found guilty of violating the law on protection of consumer rights, was imposed a fine of 10 million euros.
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“We are confident that this algorithm is slowing the software in order to increase sales of new gadgets used in Russia, – says the Commission. – We consider expedient to instruct the state Duma Committee on economic policy, industry, innovative development and entrepreneurship make a request to the CPS to identify violations on the territory of the Russian Federation with the subsequent proceedings in courts”.
Apple was not the only company, in respect of which it was decided to conduct the test. Similar actions are planned in relation to Samsung Electronics, also caught the Italian Competition authority in an intentional slowdown in smartphones of its own brand. In Department believe that in this way the Koreans contributed to the increase in sales of branded devices, which, undoubtedly, violated the basics of healthy competition and consumers ‘ rights.