The Netherlands assesses changes to the App Store for alternative payments

Antitrust regulators in the Netherlands are again investigating whether Apple has done enough to comply with the law that requires the activation of alternative payment systems embedded in dating apps.

Netherlands, App Store, alternative payments

In recent days, Apple announced that it will charge a 27% commission for all purchases made by users in dating apps that use alternative payment systems. Additionally, developers will have a number of responsibilities regarding data sharing and all refund procedures.

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is currently examining whether, with the changes made, Apple complies with the legislation. Essentially, the ACM requires Apple to allow dating apps in the Netherlands to enable alternative and third-party in-app payment systems. Apple will open up to these alternative systems, but the fact that it still wants to retain a commission has prompted the antitrust authority to reconsider the situation.

Also, at the moment, developers operating in the Dutch App Store have only received a communication from Apple, but at the moment it is not yet possible to physically activate alternative payment systems.

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