Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook has asked Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to consider protecting users when regulating the distribution of smartphone apps, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing sources.
Apple has come under scrutiny over its App Store practices, which charge 30% fees on payments and subscriptions and do not allow iPhones to use apps from third-party app stores.
Cook asked Kishida to ensure that app distribution rules do not compromise user privacy and security, the report added.
Apple and the Japanese prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.
Earlier this month, Apple said it had invested more than $100 billion in its Japanese supply network over the past five years during Cook’s visit to the country.
Revenue from Apple’s Services business, which includes the App Store, has grown at a rapid pace over the past few years and now hovers around $19 billion a year. quarter.
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