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Apple hit with fourth $5.7 million fine in Dutch App Store dispute

Monday February 14, 2022. 07:29 PM , from Mac Daily News
The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.7 million) on Monday, its fourth such fine for allegedly failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple payment methods for dating apps on the App Store.

Reuters:

The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.7 million) on Monday, its fourth such fine for failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple payment methods for dating apps on the App Store.
The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has been levying weekly fines of 5 million euros on Apple since the company missed a Jan. 15 deadline to make changes ordered by the watchdog.
Apple asserts in posts on its websites that it has complied with the ACM’s December ruling that found the company was abusing a dominant market position.
The Dutch watchdog said the company’s apparent concessions put “unnecessary and unreasonable” conditions on dating app developers.
It singled out as problematic a requirement by Apple that the app developers that want to use non-Apple payment methods – which include Tinder owner Match Group – would have to submit a new app to the App Store to do so, and then convince customers to switch.

MacDailyNews Take: Clearly, if a developer wanted to include non-Apple payment methods in their app, a new app build and submission would be required and, yes, the developer would then have to convince customers to switch. There’s nothing “unnecessary and unreasonable” about either condition.
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