back to article Kaspersky Lab takes bite out of Apple in Russia over borked parental controls app

Antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab has lodged a complaint about Apple with the Russian competition authority. It follows Apple's rejection of Kaspersky's Safe Kids app because of two features the latter regards as essential. "According to Apple, the use of configuration profiles was against App Store policy, and Apple demanded …

  1. Roland6 Silver badge

    A bit different...

    So it's really a very familiar story – a platform folding in features sold by third-party ISVs. Similar complaints dogged Microsoft as it incorporated features like file compression into MS-DOS, and later bundled a browser and a media player with Windows.

    Not quite, whilst not wishing to defend MS, they didn't block the installation and use of third-party equivalents, although they may have used undocumented API's.

    The issue here is that the OS vendors is also the store owner and they don't want users having the option to use a third-party product.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: A bit different...

      The issue here is that the OS vendors is also the store owner and they don't want users having the option to use a third-party product.

      That's only part of the problem. The other part is it's the only store in town, so to speak, that Apple users can use. There might be another one or two outside of Apple but the average user won't know about them.

  2. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge
    Gimp

    1984 won't be like 1984, but 2020 will

    Need to redo the 1984 Apple commercial where Anya Major runs in with guards chasing her, stops, bows, and begs for mercy beneath the projection of authority.

    1. Mike 16 Silver badge

      Re: 1984 won't be like 1984, but 2020 will

      Pretty standard in tech. People overestimate "progress" * in the short term, and underestimate it in the long term.

      * For whatever definition of "progress" is under discussion, whether it is monetization of the limited oxygen supply on Mars, 24-7 observation and recording of everybody (except billionaires and their tame politicians), or the improvement of safeguards beyond "But Fred would never abuse that, and he's the only one who knows the 4-digit PIN"

  3. whoseyourdaddy

    That's funny since I have an iDevice to keep Russians out.

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