Dutch consumer watchdog gives Apple fifth $5.7 million fine in App Store dispute

Amsterdam: The Dutch antitrust watchdog on Monday fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.7 million), the fifth such fine in weeks over access to non-Apple payment methods for subscribing to dating apps.

The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) says the iPhone maker is a major market leader in the Netherlands by failing to allow software application makers to use other payment methods for dating apps accessible through their App Store. Misusing the situation.

ACM is mulling a weekly fine of 5 million euros after Apple made changes to the January 15 deadline mandating watchdogs.

It said the US company had not made any new proposals last week to comply with its decision.

“We have clearly explained to Apple how they can comply…” the watchdog said in a statement. However, he has refused to make any serious proposal so far. Apple declined to comment on Monday.

Apple’s App Store requirement that app developers exclusively use its payment system with commissions of 30% has recently come under scrutiny in several countries, including the United States.

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In a blog post, Apple indicated that it complied with the Dutch rule by allowing dating app makers to submit a new app with alternative payment methods.

Apple said it still intends to charge a 27% commission on any in-app payment it doesn’t process, only slightly less than the 30% it does process.

The ACM has dismissed Apple’s moves as placing an undue burden on software developers and amounting to compliance.

Neither Apple nor ACM have commented on whether any weekly fines have been paid, but it is understood that all are still due.

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