Apple is sued in Russia for the first time

According to a new report from CCTV News, Apple is being sued for the first time in Russia. The reason for the legal battle involves Apple’s refusal to locate the data used. This kind of situation will certainly not be the last. After all, multiple sanctions are hitting Russia. It’s all the result of the country’s unilateral decision to invade Ukraine. Some tech companies are trying to continue offering their services in the country, even with great limitations. Others, however, ban the country. Now the Russian government is adopt further action against these tech companies, essentially to “retaliate” against these companies.

In accordance with Article 13.11 of Part 8 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, operators who do not comply with the relevant provisions of Russian legislation on personal data when collecting information via the Internet and other channels will be held responsible. Apparently, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court No. 422 will hear the case on June 28. In April this year, Russian authorities, from the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, were authorized to open an antitrust investigation into the App Store. It’s curious to see that happening right now, especially now that Apple and other tech giants are putting limits on Russia.

Russia wants to touch Apple’s market share

Apple restricted the use of Russia and made the platform less relevant. It’s a way for the company to support Ukraine and follow Western sanctions. However, Russia’s Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media says this will end Apple’s relevance in the country. According to Maksut Shadayev, difficulties in paying and downloading applications, the number of Apple iPhone users will decline. There will be a major decline in market share by the end of 2024.

As a reminder, due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Apple announced the iPhone sales ball in Russia. However, the company continues to do so. There is still support for existing devices in the market, but apparently that will change soon.

It’s worth noting that Apple isn’t the only company on Russia’s radar. The country is also pursuing other great technologies. The list includes Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, Likeme, Twitch, and United Service Parcel Service Inc. All of these companies are in the same “personal data law violation” situation. It should be noted, however, that Google received its first fine last year. Before the road, above all. The company’s fine reaches 3 million rubles ($46,540). This is also a result of Google’s lack of compliance in storing Russian users’ personal data in the country.

Apparently, the new Russian situation could benefit Huawei if the company decides to support the country.

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