In January, Apple in the Netherlands allowed locally available dating apps to use third-party systems to collect payments. The company had until January 15 to comply with the ruling or face fines. According to the company has yet to adhere to the order in a manner satisfactory to the country’s Consumer and Markets Regulatory Authority.
Last week, Apple reportedly submitted a new proposal that the ACM rejected. No details about the offer, including information on how it differed from the company’s current approach, were shared by Reuters. When Apple announced it would comply with the ACM order in January, it said it would charge a 27% commission on third-party transactions. To date, the regulator has fined Apple 45 million euros (about $49 million). According to Reuters, the ACM will fine Apple again next week. At this point, the company could face even higher monetary penalties.
The fines come as Apple and other app store operators face increasing pressure to open their markets to third-party payment systems. Last August, South Korea passed a law requiring all major app stores to offer alternative payment methods. Over the past week, that pressure and the growing likelihood of similar legislation passing has resulted in Google announcing that it will work with Spotify for alternatives to its Play Store billing system. So far, Apple has resisted these efforts, arguing that they would impose new security and privacy risks on its customers.
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