Apple Under Investigation From South Korean Regulator

Reuters reports that Apple is currently under fire in South Korea as the country’s antitrust regulator launches an investigation into “some matters”, without disclosing further details. Jeong Jae-chan, the head of the anti-competition body, said during a parliamentary hearing Tuesday that the agency was taking a closer look at Apple’s business practices in the country.

“Speaking at the hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator’s investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker,” reports Reuters.

Previous reports out of South Korea claimed the FTC was looking into the details of Apple’s arrangement with local carriers, but the Cupertino company will not comment. This isn’t the first time Apple has rubbed shoulders with the FTC.

Back in 2012, the company filed an antitrust complaint against Samsung for allegedly infringing its patents. The complaint was rejected when the FTC decided that the Galaxy maker had merely used standard-essential patents as legal instruments.

Six months later, an arm of France’s finance ministry launched an investigation of its own into Apple’s contractual terms with French wireless carriers.


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