Back in January, Netherlands Apple allows locally available dating apps to use third-party systems to collect payments. The company has until January 15 to comply with the ruling or face fines. Based on The company has yet to comply with the order in a way that meets the country’s Consumer and Markets Authority regulator.
Last week, Apple was said to have submitted a new proposal, but ACM rejected it. No details about the offer, including information on how it differs from the company’s current approach, were shared by Reuters. When Apple announced it would comply with ACM’s order in January, it said it would take a 27% commission from third-party transactions. To date, the regulator has fined Apple 45 million euros ($49 million). Based on Reuters, ACM will work fine with Apple next week. At that point, the company could face even higher fines.
The fine comes as Apple and other app store operators face growing pressure to open their markets to third-party payment systems. Last August, Korea The law requires all major app stores to provide alternative payment methods. In the last week, that pressure and the possibilities have increased and passed the same law translated to Google announcing that it would work with Spotify to alternatives to the payment system on the Play Store. Apple has so far resisted those efforts, arguing that it will impose new security and privacy risks on its customers.
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