Apple’s relationship with Dutch fines continues as App Store fails regulators


Apple has been fined for the fifth time over the App Store regulation controversy in the Netherlands. The nation’s antitrust watchdog is once again charging the Cupertino company more than $5.7 million — for the fifth week in a row — over a lack of third-party payment options for dating app subscriptions.

Interestingly enough, the last penalty was applied on Valentine’s Day. Now, according to Reutersthe Consumers and Markets Authority said that Apple “is abusing a dominant market position by not allowing software application makers in the Netherlands to use alternative payment methods for meetings accessible via its App Store“.

The Dutch watchdog said Apple still hasn’t made a proposal to comply with its decision.

“We have made it clear to Apple how they can comply…” the watchdog said in a statement. “So far, however, they have refused to make any serious offers.” Apple declined to comment on Monday.

Interestingly, the ACM does not address the 27% commission that Apple has announced it intends to charge on these transactions. Apple made the announcement a few weeks ago, but ACM still says Apple “has declined to make any serious proposals.”

According to Reuters, “ACM dismissed Apple’s actions as imposing an unreasonable burden on software developers and inconsistent with compliance.”

This is the fifth time that Apple has been fined five million euros by the ACM. The ACM will fine Apple for up to 10 weeks, for a total fine of €50 million. The total of all penalty payments currently amounts to 25 million euros.

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