Apple complies with Dutch watchdog ruling on payment options in the Netherlands

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AMSTERDAM: Apple said on Saturday it would allow dating app developers in the Netherlands to offer non-Apple payment options to their users, complying with the country’s market regulator’s order to do so by January 15 or face fines.

The country’s Consumers and Markets Authority concluded in a ruling released Dec. 24 that Apple abused its market position by requiring dating app developers, including Tinder owner Match Group Inc, exclusively use Apple’s integrated payment system.

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Apple’s practice of requiring developers to use its system and pay 15-30% commissions on purchases of digital goods has come under intense scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world. whole, but the Dutch decision only applies to the Netherlands and only to dating apps.

In a post on its Developers Blog on Saturday, Apple said it would comply with the ruling and introduce “two new optional rights exclusively applicable to dating apps on the Dutch App Store that provide additional payment processing options. to users”.

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However, he noted that developers were not required to use non-Apple tools and warned that Apple would not be able to assist with security or refunds of payments that take place outside of its systems. because he “will not be directly aware of it”.

Apple is appealing the Dutch decision.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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