Apple has once again updated its policies on the App Store to now allow dating app providers operating in the Netherlands to accept payments using third-party systems, which it hopes -he will finally settle his dispute with the country’s competition regulator.
As part of the change, the company said a 27% commission will still apply to payments, even if they’re made through a third-party system.
Last year, the competition watchdog found that Apple’s earlier reluctance to allow dating app providers to use payment systems outside of Apple’s own system was anti-competitive. This led to the ACM issuing a penalty order that Apple be fined €5 million for each week it failed to meet the regulator’s requirements for 10 weeks.
After 20 million euros in fines, Apple made an update to allow dating apps to use alternative payment systems, but it still imposed various conditions on how they could do so. However, the ACM was not happy with these changes and continued to fine Apple.
Earlier this week, Apple was handed its 10th weekly fine of €5 million to hit the order’s penalty cap of €50 million.
With Apple’s latest App Store Policy update, the ACM is now considering issuing another larger periodic fine depending on whether Apple’s most recent updates are sufficient to address the imbalances. anti-competitive.
According to the ACM, if the updates lead to “final terms” for dating apps, the watchdog will forward those terms to developers for review. If the developers are happy with the revised terms, the ACM will then give Apple its final decision on whether or not the company complies with competition regulations.
Apple continues to disagree with the original ACM order and has appealed the 50 million fine order, but said the policy updates were made to fulfill its legal obligations in the Netherlands for the time being.