Apple faces another fine in the Netherlands, but still fails to comply with App Store laws
Apple is set to receive its tenth fine from Dutch competition authorities despite further attempts to comply with app store laws in the country.
As reported by Reuters:
Apple (AAPL.O) is expected to be fined another week next week for failing to fully comply with an order to open its App Store to competing payment methods for dating apps in the Netherlands, a source told Reuters the Dutch antitrust watchdog ACM.
Apple is already on the hook for 49 million dollars, after having received 9 five million euros in fines from the ACM. Law changes in the country mean that Apple must now let dating apps on its iOS platform offer users alternative payment methods in addition to in-app purchases. The move would be a big departure from the current App Store model that powers all of Apple’s top iPhones, such as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
Apple’s previous fines were all related to its attempt to comply by forcing developers to create entirely new, separate apps that offered alternative purchases while stating that it would still take 27% commission on transactions.
Last week it emerged that Apple had submitted a new proposal to comply, however, it appears that still hasn’t been enough to satisfy the ACM, hence the looming tenth sanction the company is on. about to be slapped. No details emerged on the new proposals or how they differed from the previous offering.
Apple is set to come under further pressure on the continent following news that EU lawmakers have agreed on the new Digital Markets Act that will force Apple to open up its ecosystem even further, particularly in this regarding the interoperability of messaging and third party payments.