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To Comply with a Dutch regulator’s Ruling, Apple changes the Payment Terms for Third-Party Dating Apps

However, it continues to oppose the regulator’s decision and is contesting the usage of third-party payment systems.

In order to comply with instructions from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, Apple has announced a number of adjustments to its policies around dating app payments (ACM). As you may recall, by January of this year, the regulator had ordered the tech giant to enable third-party payments in locally available dating applications. According to a March Reuters story, the corporation has yet to follow the directives in a way that genuinely complied with the regulator’s wishes – until now, that is.

Apple stated in its release that it has made changes to the user interface for third-party payments. In order to comply with the ACM, it began displaying a warning anytime someone attempted to pay with a third-party payment option, informing them that they would need to contact the developer for a refund. According to Reuters, the notice was originally accompanied by a button that allowed users to opt out of using an external payment system. That button was supposedly not approved by the ACM, so Apple had to delete it.

In its statement, Apple also underlined that even developers who already pay lower commission rates are entitled to the lowered commission rates it receives from third-party payments. When the firm announced that it would comply with the ACM’s demands, it revealed that developers who paid a 30% cut would only be charged 27%. It’s unclear whether developers who already pay lower rates because they fulfil certain conditions, such as earning less than a million dollars a year, will be eligible for the 3% discount. In its announcement, Apple reiterated that they will really pay lesser commissions for third-party payments, so those who are only charged 15% will only have to pay the corporation 12 %.

The ACM stated on its website that “Apple will meet the conditions that the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) imposed under European and Dutch competition rules” with these improvements. Apple was also fined €50 million by the regulator for failing to meet the ACM’s compliance standards in recent months, according to the agency. Apple, on the other hand, stated that some of the adjustments it was forced to make were not in the best interests of its consumers’ privacy or data security. “As we’ve already stated, we disagree with the ACM’s original order and are appealing it,” the business said.

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