Dutch Consumer Watchdog Fines Apple Fifth $ 5.7 Million in App Store Disputes

Amsterdam — The Netherlands Antitrust Watchdog fined Apple € 5 million ($ 5.7 million) on Monday. This is the fifth consecutive penalty for accessing non-Apple payment methods for dating app subscriptions.

According to the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), iPhone makers do not allow Dutch software application makers to use other payment methods to date apps accessible from the App Store, so they are in the dominant market. It is said that he is abusing his position.

ACM has imposed a weekly fine of € 5 million since Apple missed the January 15 deadline for making the changes mandated by the Watchdog.

A US company said last week that it hadn’t made a new proposal to comply with the ruling.

“We have clearly explained how we can comply with Apple …”, Watchdog said in a statement. “But so far, they have refused to make serious suggestions.” Apple declined to comment on Monday.

Apple’s App Store requirement for app developers to use the payment system exclusively for a 30% fee has been scrutinized in several countries, and more recently in the United States.

In a blog post, Apple showed that it complies with the Dutch ruling, where it allowed dating app makers to enable alternative payment methods and submit new apps.

Apple plans to charge a 27% fee for in-app payments it doesn’t process, just below the 30% it charges for what it processes.

ACM has unreasonably burdened software developers and rejected Apple’s move, saying it wasn’t equivalent to compliance.

Neither Apple nor ACM have commented on whether weekly fines have been paid, but it is understood that everything is unpaid.



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