Apple paid a hefty fine after voluntarily reporting that it had violated US sanctions by inadvertently allowing the applications of a Slovenian developer to the App Store for more than two years, even though they had been blacklisted by the US Patent Control Office. foreign assets (OFAC).
The Wall Street Journal announced that Apple had entered into an application development contract with Trzin's SIS doo base application developer in Slovenia in 2008. The company, along with its majority shareholder Savo Stjepanovic, was listed on the blacklist in February 2015 for being part of an international network of steroid traffic. The developer was removed from the blacklist in 2017, but Apple had left its applications on the App Store throughout the period incriminates.
The reason this happened can be attributed to a formatting problem:
On the day Mr. Stjepanovic and SIS were blacklisted, Apple launched the new designations based on the names of its developer account holders. However, the sanctions screening tool put in place by the company did not allow SIS to be identified as a blacklisted entity, because the Apple system listed it as SIS DOO rather than SIS d.o.o on the OFAC list.
Apple also allegedly failed to identify Mr. Stjepanovic as a blacklist member in his system because Apple did not screen all individual users associated with an App Store account at that time, according to the agreement.
An Apple spokesman issued Monday the following statement:
In 2017, we found that we had inadvertently paid a developer on the US Treasury list. We informed the authorities and fully cooperated with their investigation, which is now over.
The period during which the violations occurred was disrespectful for the requirements of sanctions imposed by the United States , in accordance with the settlement agreement between OFAC and Apple. OFAC has credited Apple for its voluntary reporting of alleged violations, claiming that the iPhone maker has reinforced the role of its global leader in export compliance and sanctions in the review and escalation process.
Apple had extended the filtering of sanctions to the payment recipients of the application developer and the associated banks, but that did not prevent him from paying a fine of more than $ 467,000.