The third time!Dutch antitrust authorities fined Apple $5.72 million

2022-05-30 0 By

Source:The Dutch antitrust regulator on Monday fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.72 million), its third fine against the company, according to reports.That’s because the company doesn’t allow Dutch App developers to use non-Apple payments on dating apps in its App Store.The Dutch Consumer and Markets Authority has fined Apple 5 million euros a week for failing to make changes required by the regulator by January 15.With this fine, Apple has been fined a total of 15 million euros by the Dutch Antitrust authority.Apple has twice posted on its official blog about the changes it has made to comply with the Dutch government’s order.However, the agency said it did not receive enough information from Apple to assess whether the company was in compliance.”The CONSUMER and Market Authority is disappointed by Apple’s behavior and actions.”The administration said in a statement.They pointed out that the Dutch courts upheld their ruling that Apple had acted in breach of competition law.Apple is under pressure in many countries to charge a commission for in-app purchases.On Thursday, the US Senate passed a bill that would ban Apple and Google from requiring users to use their payment systems.Apple claimed on Jan. 15 that it had complied with the Dutch regulator’s order, which only covered dating apps like Match Group’s Tinder.But regulators responded that Apple had not actually made those changes — only that it would.On February 3, Apple made a further statement on its blog, spelling out exactly how developers can now implement alternative payment methods.In an important addition, Apple said it would still charge a 27 percent commission on in-app payments it doesn’t process, down only slightly from the current 30 percent.The company said this was “consistent with the authority’s order”.A spokesman for the authority said it would not comment beyond its previous public statements on whether the 27 percent commission was eligible.Apple is appealing the authority’s original decision in December, arguing that other payment systems pose a security risk to users.