Brussels has sent confidential questionnaires to Google competitors seeking answers to questions about Google Play fees for Android application developers. This is reported by Policy with reference to two anonymous sources.
The Dutch Google Play investigation is likely to be discontinued, as anti-competitive practices will now be studied throughout the EU. A parallel application store investigation is also being conducted by the British Competition and Markets Authority. The Commission for each transaction in the mobile applications posted on the Google Play is up to 30%, and until recently European developers were not allowed to use alternative payment systems.
The representative of Google stated that the company had discussed with the European Commission, including some of the steps taken by the site to mitigate allegations of bad practices by developers of the Internet giant; the company had recently stated that it would allow certain categories of developers to use off-the-shelf payment systems in transactions from European users. Google had called that measure the first step in enforcing the recently adopted EU Digital Markets Act, a document that imposed a number of prohibitions and new obligations on the world's largest technology companies, including Google, Meta*, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft.
At present, not everyone in the European Commission is satisfied with Google: there is a perception that the company is not doing enough to comply with the law; it is expected that the DMA will be incorporated into the European Code of Practice in October, and the companies under its jurisdiction will be required to comply with the new regulations from 2024.
* Listed on the list of voluntary associations and religious organizations in respect of which the court has taken a legally enforceable decision to abolish or prohibit activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Act No. 114-FZ of 25 July 2002 on countering extremist activities.