After a months-long saga, the competition regulator in the Netherlands has finally accepted concessions from Apple to allow App Store dating apps to use alternative payment methods (via Reuters).

On Friday, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) issued an update stating that “Apple is now in compliance” regarding the ability of dating apps to allow their customers to pay in a variety of ways other than the Apple’s payment method. The statement continued:

“Therefore, ACM no longer needs to impose a new order with penalty payments. Over the past few months, ACM had collected information from dating app providers and independent experts before evaluating whether Apple had complied with the order.”

In December 2021, the ACM announced that Apple must allow dating apps to accept alternative payment methods on the ‌App Store‌ in the Netherlands. Apple complied with the request, but first required Dutch dating apps to submit a separate app binary to accept alternative payments.

The ACM had remained unhappy with the changes, and the regulator fined Apple a total of 50 million euros between January and March for failing to comply with the order.

Apple dropped its requirement that dating apps compile a separate binary, which the regulator had deemed “unreasonable” and an “unnecessary barrier” for dating app developers. Apple also announced new changes to its policies on Friday, but said it doesn’t believe the updates are “in the best interest” of user privacy or data security, and it continues to do so. appeal of the initial ACM order.

“Until recently, dating app customers could only pay using Apple’s mandated payment method,” the ACM wrote in its latest update. “In ACM’s view, Apple abused its dominant position with these practices. Now dating app providers can let their customers pay in a variety of ways.”

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