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Apple and Google pressed in antitrust hearing on whether app stores share data with product development teams – TechCrunch

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In today’s antitrust hearing in the U.

Senate, Apple and Google representatives were questioned on whether they have a “strict firewall” or other internal policies in place that prevent them from leveraging the data from third-party businesses operating on their app stores to inform the development of their own competitive products.

Apple, in particular, was called out for the practice of copying other apps by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who said the practice had become so common that it earned a nickname with Apple’s developer community: “sherlocking.

A third-party developer, Karelia Software, created an alternative tool called Watson.

Following the success of Karelia’s product, Apple added Watson’s same functionality into its own search tool, and Watson was effectively put out of business.

The nickname “Sherlocklater became shorthand for any time Apple copies an idea from a third-party developer that threatens to or even destroys their business.

lux (blue light reduction tool for screens) Duet and Luna (apps that makes iPad a secondary display), as well as various screen time management tools.

During his questioning, Blumenthal asked Apple and Google’s representatives at the hearing — Mr.

Wilson White, Google’s Senior Director Public Policy & Government Relations, respectively — if they employed any sort of “firewall” in between their app stores and their business strategy.

Andeer somewhat dodged the question, saying, “Senator, if I understand the question correctly, we have separate teams that manage the App Store and that are engaged in product development strategy here at Apple.

” He explained that it doesn’t mean whether or not there are separate teams in place, but whether there’s an internal prohibition on sharing data between the App Store and the people who run Apple’s other businesses.

Sidecar ended the need for a third-party app, after apps like Duet and Luna first proved the market.

Blumenthal said he interpreted Andeer’s response as to whether Apple has a “data firewall” as a “no.

White said his understanding was that Google had “data access controls in place that govern how data from our third-party services are used.


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