LONDON (NEWSnet/AP) — European Union regulators on Monday leveled charges under the bloc’s new digital competition rulebook.

European Commission said that, according to the preliminary findings of its investigation, restrictions that Apple imposes on developers using its App Store had breached the bloc's Digital Markets Act.

DMA is a set of guidelines aimed at preventing tech “gatekeepers” from cornering digital markets.

The commission opened initial round of investigation after it took effect in March, including a separate probe into whether Apple is doing enough to allow iPhone users to easily change web browsers, and other cases involving Google and Meta.

Under DMA's provision, app developers must be allowed to inform customers of less-expensive purchasing options and direct them to those offers.

The commission said App Store rules “prevent app developers from freely steering consumers to alternative channels for offers and content.”

Apple has an opportunity to respond to the findings. The commission must make a final decision on Apple’s compliance by March 2025. The company could face fines equalling up to 10% of its global revenue.

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