Apple complies with Dutch watchdog ruling on dating app payment options – Archyde

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

The country’s Consumer and Markets Authority, in a decision released December 24, found that Apple had abused its market position by requiring dating app developers, including Tinder owner Match Group, to only use the in-app to use Apple’s payment system.

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

In a post In its developer blog on Saturday, Apple said it would comply with the decision and “introduce two optional new permissions exclusive to dating apps on the Dutch App Store, giving users additional payment processing options.”

However, it noted that developers were under no obligation to use the non-Apple tools and warned that Apple would not be able to help with security or refunds for payments taking place outside of its systems, as it “not directly aware of it”.

Apple is appealing the Dutch decision.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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