Dutch authority saw Apple’s rule changes for dating apps

Dutch authority saw Apple’s rule changes for dating apps
Dutch authority saw Apple's rule changes for dating apps 1

Just before Christmas, the Dutch competition authority ACM ordered Apple to open the App Store for alternative payment systems in the dating apps category. January 15 came Apple’s answer – rule changes are underway and developers of dating apps should be able to apply for new powers to be able to direct users to other payment systems.

ACM announced a few days later that the authority will review Apple’s plans and check whether they live up to the requirements of the decision. That’s what happened now, and the authority does not approve Apple’s changes.

Above all, the authority says, the problem is that Apple is still breaking the law by not allowing dating app developers to use alternative payment solutions. The only thing Apple has done is to talk about how it is going to be in the future and developers can “register interest”.

Apple has also set up barriers to the use of alternative payment solutions, among other things by seemingly forcing developers to choose between either linking to external websites for transactions or using alternative payment systems directly in the app. ACM writes that developers must be able to choose to have both at the same time.

Now Apple has to pay the first fine of five million euros, and if the company does not correct itself, there will be a new fine every week.

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