Apple App Store fixes dating app issues, says Dutch regulator

The Dutch consumer protection regulator says Apple “changed its unfair terms”, ending a dispute after it slapped the tech company with 50 million euros ($53 million) in weekly fines.

Cagan Koc and April Roach for Bloomberg News:

“With this concession, Apple will meet the requirements that the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets has set under European and Dutch competition rules,” the ACM said in a statement on Saturday.

In response to a request for comment from Bloomberg News, Apple said it doesn’t believe some of the changes are in the privacy or data security interests of its users. Because Apple is committed to constructive engagement with regulators, it is making the additional changes at the request of the ACM, the company said in an email, while adding that as previously stated , Apple disagrees with ACM’s initial order and is appealing.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company had filed a proposal to fully comply with an order to offer payments outside the App Store to dating app providers after being fined.

Taken from MacDailyNews: Previously, if a developer wanted to include non-Apple payment methods in their app, a new app creation and submission was required. There is nothing “heavy” or “non-compliant” about Apple’s initial changes to the App Store in the Netherlands as claimed by the ACM. It’s unclear exactly what changed or whether Apple will pay all, part, or none of the $53 million in fines accrued.

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