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Apple still does not comply with Dutch App Store rules, regulator says


Mar 25, 2022
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Apple will again be fined for not making changes to the App Store in the Netherlands, with the Dutch antitrust watchdog arguing that the company’s latest proposal is not in line.

After weeks of fines for failing to comply with an order to introduce alternative payment options in the country, Apple has submitted a new proposal to the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to comply with the order.

However, an ACM official has informed Reuters that Apple’s latest offer still does not fully comply with the injunction.

Therefore, Apple will be fined again in the week of March 28. According to ACM regulations, the fines can become higher as soon as the fines reach the threshold of 50 million euros.

Apple began imposing fines in the Netherlands after an ACM investigation found that the iPhone maker’s business practices amounted to a dominant market position. However, the scope of the investigation was later shifted to focus solely on dating apps.

In other words, to comply, the ACM has ordered Apple to allow dating apps in the Netherlands to use third-party and alternative payment methods, thereby reducing Apple’s in-app payment system – and the 30% commission from the company – be bypassed.

The ACM has previously rejected a proposal from Apple, stating that the policy of the Cupertino tech giant is “unreasonable”.

Apple denies having a dominant position in the market. The company has also made it clear that it will continue its 15% or 30% cut even without its current in-app purchase system.

Earlier on Friday, the European Union officially agreed on rules surrounding the Digital Markets Act, which would force Apple and Google to allow alternative payments and third-party app stores on iOS in Europe. The rules are expected to come into effect in October.

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