Apple faces new Dutch fines in ongoing dispute over dating apps

The Dutch consumer protection regulator is preparing to hit Apple with even more weekly fines because it says Apple’s changes to how dating apps can charge customers were “insufficient”.

Cagan Koc for Bloomberg:

“Apple continues to use unfair terms for dating app providers in the Netherlands,” the Consumer and Markets Authority said in a statement.

The ACM, as it is known, has already penalized Apple 50 million euros ($53 million) for breaking the rules. 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 the fine. This proposal offers improvements “but these still do not comply with European and Dutch rules”, the regulator said, adding that it continues to discuss these issues with Apple.

Apple typically forces developers to use its own payment system, which helps it secure commission for apps on its platform…

“The previous decree accompanied by penalty payments having not given the expected result, the ACM is currently preparing a new decree accompanied by penalty payments”, specified the regulator.

Taken from MacDailyNews: Again, if a developer wanted to include non-Apple payment methods in their app, a new app creation and submission would be 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.

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