doesn’t like its latest proposal to allow dating apps to use alternative payment methods. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) fined Apple a maximum of €50 million ($55 million USD) for failing to comply with its order.
The ACM is currently reviewing Apple’s new proposal, which it says may force Apple to pay another round of fines “with possible higher penalties.” The Dutch regulator has been issuing weekly €5 million ($5.5 million) fines, but the ACM states that this amount may increase. The ACM says it will evaluate any new “definitive conditions” for dating apps if they result from the new proposal. The ACM will then decide whether Apple is in compliance.
Apple revised its proposal on Sunday, March 27, to meet the ACM’s requirements under Dutch and European competition rules. ACM applauds Apple’s latest move. The revised proposal should result in clear terms for dating app developers using the App Store. ACM will consult market participants once it receives the proposal for definitive conditions. ACM will then decide whether Apple, in implementing those definitive conditions, complies with ACM’s requirement that alternative payment methods be possible in dating apps.
Jusqu’à last weekend, Apple had not met ACM’s standards As a result, Apple must pay a tenth penalty, totaling 50 million euros. If ACM determines that Apple does not meet the requirements, ACM may issue another order with periodic penalties (possibly higher this time) to encourage Apple to comply.
Apple’s latest proposal isn’t detailed, but the corporation hasn’t been very flexible in following the ACM’s directives. Apple said in January that it would allow dating apps to accept other payment methods provided they design and upload a Dutch-specific version. It would then charge the applications a slightly lower fee of 27% instead of 30% on any other payment provider purchases.
“Only a monopolist would choose €50 million in penalties over plain compliance with the rule of law,” said Coalition for App Fairness executive director Rick VanMeter. “We applaud the ACM’s tenacity in keeping Apple accountable.” Epic Games, Spotify, and Tile are among the initial members of the CAF, which promotes competition and transparency in app stores. The move by Apple to prevent developers from adding other payment methods has long been questioned.