Apple fined 5 million euros by Dutch Watchdog over App Store payment options

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The Dutch consumer watchdog on Monday fined Apple five million euros (about Rs 42 crore) for failing to allow dating app operators to choose payment options other than its own Apple Pay system in its Dutch App Store.

The Consumers and Markets Authority had already warned Apple last month that it risked a fine of five million euros (about 42 crore rupees) per week – and a maximum fine of 50 million euros (about 420 crores of rupees) in total – if he failed to change the conditions of access to the Dutch App Store.

“In the App Store, dating app providers must also be able to use payment systems other than Apple’s payment system,” the watchdog said at the time.

A Dutch judge had given Apple until January 15 to make the changes.

Apple told the ACM last week that it had made the necessary adjustments, but its submission was rejected and a fine was issued.

Apple “has not adjusted its terms, which still means dating app providers are unable to use other payment systems,” the ACM said in a statement Monday.

In November, a US federal court ordered Apple to loosen control over its payment options on the App Store after a legal clash with Fortnite creator Epic Games, which accused the iPhone maker of exploiting a monopoly in its store of digital goods or services.

The U.S. judge, however, said Epic failed to prove that antitrust violations took place.

Also in November, Italy fined Amazon and Apple more than 200 million euros (around Rs 1,690 crore) for preventing official and unofficial resellers of Apple and Beats products from using Amazon. it.

Apple did not immediately comment on ACM’s statement on Monday.


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