Monday 08 August 2022

Dutch markets authority adds €5m to Apple’s dating app payment penalty


The revised conditions that Apple has drawn up for dating app providers are unreasonable and create unnecessary barriers for makers, the Dutch consumer and markets association has ruled.

Apple’s new conditions state that dating app providers must develop a completely new app if they want to be able to use an alternative payment system – as ordered by the ACM last year.

The ACM told Apple last August it had to adjust its conditions for inclusion in the Dutch App Store so that dating app providers can use payment systems other than Apple’s own.

Last month, the ACM said Apple had failed to ‘satisfy the requirements’ and is now liable for the first penalty payment.

In yet another ruling, the ACM now says that the new condition imposed by Apple is not only unreasonable, but is also at odds with its earlier one.

Requiring app makers to make a completely new app to be able to use alternative payment systems is adding to their costs, and will also impact on consumers who will have to change systems, the ACM said.

The agency has now added a further €5m in fines to the growing tally facing the US tech giant, taking the total to €20m.

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