August 10, 2022
Apple fined 5 million euros by Dutch watchdog over App Store payment options


Dutch consumer watchdog on Monday fined Apple five million euros (about Rs 42 crore) for failing to allow dating app operators to choose payment options other than their own Apple Pay system in its Dutch App Store.

The Authority for Consumers and Markets had already warned Apple last month that it would face a fine of five million euros (about Rs 42 crore) per week and a fine of 50 million euros (about Rs 420 crore) in total – If it failed to change the terms of access to the Dutch App Store.

“In the App Store, dating app providers must be able to use payment systems other than Apple’s payment system,” the watchdog said at the time.

A Dutch judge gave Apple until January 15 to make changes.

Apple told ACM last week that it had made the necessary adjustments, but its presentation was turned down and fined.

Apple “failed to adjust its terms, resulting in dating app providers still unable to use other payment systems,” ACM said in a statement on Monday.

In November, a US federal court ordered Apple to loosen controls on its App Store payment options following a legal conflict with Fortnite maker Epic Games, which accused the iPhone maker of operating a monopoly in its store for digital goods or services. was accused of.

However, the US judge said that Epic failed to prove that there had been a breach of antitrust.

Also in November, Italy fined both Amazon and Apple over EUR 200 million (about Rs 1,690 crore) for preventing official and unofficial resellers of Apple and Beats products from using Amazon.it.

Apple did not immediately comment on ACM’s statement on Monday.


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