The Paris Commercial Court has slapped Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a 2 million euros (R32 million) fine over abusive practices toward developers on its app store.
The US tech giant will also have to change seven clauses from its contracts dating back to years 2015 and 2016, which included a 30% commission on revenues generated by developers on the Google Play Store, according to a text of Monday’s ruling.
Google, as well as Apple, were taken to court in 2018 by the French Ministry of Finance, for imposing a “significant imbalance in the rights and obligations” concerning app developers, including the right for Google to unilaterally modify or terminate the contracts.
“We are always looking to provide more support for developers and help them build sustainable businesses, including recently decreasing our service fees to 15% or less for 99% of developers,” a Google spokesperson said.
“We are disappointed in the decision and will review it closely”, the spokesperson added, noting that it was too early to say if the company would appeal.
The decision from the Paris Commercial Court regarding Apple is still pending, according to AFP.