Apple fined $5.6M for failing to meet Dutch dating app order

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Apple fined $5.6M for failing to meet Dutch dating app order

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Apple has not done enough to appease a regulator’s order concerning App Store payment rules affecting dating apps in the Netherlands, a decision that has now cost the company 5 million euros.

On January 15, Apple confirmed it would abide by an order by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to allow dating apps operating in the country to use third-party payment mechanisms. In a review of the rule changes, the ACM believes Apple has yet to fully comply with the order.

Apple had until January 15 to provide developers with ways to take payments relating to dating apps through alternative means than the usual in-app purchases mechanism. Apple allowed developers to add an in-app link pointing to a website to complete purchases, and the option to use a third-party payment system.

On Monday, the ACM declared Apple had “failed to satisfy the requirements” of its order. Since Apple failed, this meant it was subject to an initial fine of 5 million euros ($5.6 million). If the order still isn’t met, the same fine would be charged weekly, up to a maximum of 50 million euros ($56 million).

The ACM says Apple fails “on several points,” with the biggest one being that Apple has “failed to adjust its conditions, as a result of which dating-app providers are still unable to use other payment systems.” Currently, Apple states on its support page developers will be able to request one of the two new payment entitlements, but they aren’t actually available to use at the moment.

Apple is also said to have “raised several barriers” for the use of third-party systems. In one example of this, Apple’s offering of a choice is at fault since it requires developers to choose either the link or in-app use of alternative payment systems, but not both.

It is unclear if the ACM objects to Apple’s insistence it should still receive a commission for purchases made using third-party mechanisms in this way.

Apple has been contacted by the ACM that it has failed to satisfy the order’s requirements, and reminds that Apple is “still obligated to act in accordance with said order” or face the recurring penalty.


When you get too big it’s time to take you down, except if you’re the government. Then it’s the bigger the better. Protecting consumers my ass.

When I go into any store I have one choice for payment–what the store has to offer. I have no ability to use a third-party payment system to pay for my groceries, household items or anything else. How is the Apple App Store any different? I go to this store and use their payment system. How difficult is it to understand?

As for specifying dating apps, . Why are they special? Is the Dutch government trying to make sure Apple doesn’t know who’s actually using their App Store and apps? I guess it’s time to go after Costco and other membership stores along with every grocery store forcing them to allow me to walk into their store, pick up an item, and tell them I’m using an outside payment system. Of course they’ll let me walk out the door. /s Yea, right into a police car on its way to jail. I know all of this is being done because governments want to dictate anything they can while not telling anyone how much in bribes they’re getting.


Apple will, of course, appeal. Rightly so, what this authority does is pure arbitrariness and this absurd decision should be completely overturned by an ordinary court as soon as possible. And then we should take a look at which representatives of the authorities use which dating apps during working hours and whether there were certain financial incentives. Either by the owners of the dating service or by this obscure coalition of freeloaders, parasites and spongers.


Totally agree. Someone is hiding something whether it’s their personal information or whiz paying them off. Stupid thing is Apple doesn’t sell your information but I bet the dating app developer and payment site definitely will. Here comes all the porn email!