Apple was fined $5.72 million by the Dutch antitrust watchdog on Monday. It was because of delaying to enable software application developers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple methods of payment for dating applications featured in the company’s App Store for the third time. Since Apple violated a January 15 deadline to make modifications, demanded by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has begun charging weekly fines of 5 million euros.
ACM Fined Apple
Apple has previously published data on its own blog about modifications it is attempting to conform with the Dutch decision. But can not reach for comment instantly. The ACM, on the other hand, said on Monday that it had not received enough information from Apple to determine if it was genuinely complying.
In a statement, ACM stated, “ACM is unhappy in Apple’s behaviour and actions”. It stated that Dutch courts upheld its verdict. Additionally, the verdict declared Apple’s actions to be illegal under Dutch competition law.
Apple is facing criticism in many countries for the commission it charges on in-app purchases, with the United States Senate last week passing laws prohibiting Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google from forcing consumers to use their payment services.
On Jan. 15, Apple declared for the first time that it had complied with a Dutch regulator’s December decision, which primarily applies to dating applications like Match Group’s Tinder. However, the authority replied that Apple had only indicated that it would make the modifications, not that it had really did so.
On Feb. 3, Apple published a follow-up comment on its blog; supposedly outlining how developers can now include alternate payment methods.
Apple said it would continue to collect a 27 percent commission on in-app payments it does not conduct; which is slightly less than the 30 percent it presently charges. That was “compatible with the ACM order,” according to the company.
A representative for the ACM said that the organization couldn’t comment on whether a 27 percent commission would be in accordance with its decision beyond its public statements. Apple has filed a separate appeal with the ACM, claiming that alternative payment methods pose a serious risk to users.