Apple now plans to allow alternative payment methods for Dutch dating apps, after the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) intervened, according to an ACM report.
This will lead to a change to the old rules, in which dating app customers could only pay using payment methods imposed by Apple.
ACM said Apple abused its dominant position – and now dating app providers will allow customers to pay in different ways.
The judgment of the ACM was accompanied by a judgment accompanied by periodic penalty payments totaling 50 million euros.
According to Martijn Snoep, President of ACM, the intention was to help everyone take full advantage of the digital economy.
“In the digital economy, powerful companies have a special responsibility to maintain a fair and open market,” Snoep said in the report. “Apple has avoided this liability and abused its dominant position vis-à-vis providers of dating apps. We are pleased that Apple has finally aligned its terms with European and Dutch competition rules. This offers providers more opportunities to compete, and consumers will reap the benefits too.
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This came after the tech giant also agreed to let the company accept alternative payments, reducing its efforts to control all user data.
Google will no longer be able to reject or remove Match Group apps from the Play Store to accept further payments.
And the company will take Match Group app updates providing alternatives to Google Play billing, and Google will work on “Google Play billing gaps” to allow Match Group apps to test the system of Google alongside current payment systems.