Apple Inc. said in a letter to Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee that it would make a senior executive available at an upcoming App Store hearing after lawmakers publicly criticized the company for not making it available. have done.
The tech giant said in a letter on Sunday, obtained by Bloomberg News, that it would make Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer available to the Competition Policy, Antitrust and Human Rights Subcommittee. consumers of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 21.
In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday, Senatorssaid Apple declined to participate. In its response on Sunday, the Cupertino, Calif.-Based company said it was “surprised” to receive the letter to Cook and was simply looking for alternate dates.
“We have deep respect for your role and your process on these matters and, as we have told your staff, we are open to participating in a hearing on the subcommittee,” Apple said. “We just looked for alternative dates in light of upcoming issues that have been around for some time and which touch on similar issues.”
Andeer has already testified on several issues for Apple before the House of Representatives and other U.S. lawmakers. The Senate subcommittee is investigating Apple and Google into competition issues and app developer concerns.
“Apple’s power over the cost, distribution and availability of mobile applications on Apple devices used by millions of consumers raises serious competition concerns that are of interest to the subcommittee, consumers and application developers.” , according to the letter to Cook on Friday. . “A full and fair consideration of these matters before the subcommittee requires the participation of Apple.”
The Department of Justice’s antitrust division investigated Apple’s app store practices to determine whether the company is hurting competition, Bloomberg reported. Apple is involved in an antitrust lawsuit with Epic Games Inc., which goes to trial in early May.