EXCLUSIVE Apple didn’t fully comply with App Store opening order – Dutch Watchdog

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BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) is set to face another fine next week for failing to fully comply with an order opening up its App Store to competing payment methods for dating apps in the Netherlands, Dutch antitrust watchdog ACM told Reuters.

The iPhone maker has already racked up 45 million euros ($49 million) in penalties so far, with the ACM (Consumer and Markets Authority) issuing weekly fines of 5 million euros to the iPhone. undertaken since January, with the ninth sanction imposed this week.

Apple submitted a new proposal to the ACM this week in an attempt to end the sanction. The offer is not fully in line with its order, an official with the Dutch watchdog told Reuters on Friday, who did not wish to be identified.

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Subsequent fines once the total fine reaches €50m could be higher under ACM rules.

Apple, which requires developers to use its system and pay 15-30% commissions on purchases of digital goods and feels scrutinized by regulations around the world over this, was not immediately available for comment. .

An ACM investigation into whether Apple’s practices constituted an abuse of market dominance was launched in 2019. It was later scaled back to focus primarily on dating market apps, including the owner from Tinder, Match Group Inc (MTCH.O). Read more

ACM claims that Apple is abusing its dominant position in the market and has ordered it to change this practice. Apple has denied market abuse.

Under tough new rules agreed on Thursday between the European Commission, EU governments and EU lawmakers, Apple will be required to open its App Store once the legislation takes effect in October. Read more

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Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Jan Harvey and Susan Fenton

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