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Apple Fined EUR 5 Million by Dutch Watchdog

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Apple got fined EUR five million (approximately Rs. 42 crores) by the Dutch consumer authority on Monday for not allowing dating app operators to use payment methods other than Apple Pay in the Dutch App Store. 

Last month, the Authority for Consumers and Markets told Apple that it did not adjust the criteria for access to the Dutch App Store. It would face a penalty of EUR five million (approximately Rs. 42 crores) per week. It results in a maximum fine of EUR 50 million (about Rs. 420 crores) in total.

“Dating app developers must be able to utilize payment systems other than Apple’s payment mechanism in the App Store,” the watchdog stated at the time. Apple had been granted until January 15 to make the changes by a Dutch judge.

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The company also told the ACM last week that it had made the necessary changes, but its application got denied, and a fine was issued.

The ACM stated in a statement on Monday that Apple “failed to alter its restrictions,” as a result of which “dating app vendors are still unable to use other payment systems.”

After a legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games, which accused Apple of maintaining a monopoly in its store for digital goods and services, a US federal court ordered Apple to loosen its control over its App Store payment choices in November.

Epic, on the other hand, failed to show that antitrust crimes had occurred, according to the US judge.

In November, Italy penalized Amazon and Apple a total of about EUR 200 million (approximately Rs. 1,690 crores) for prohibiting official and unlicensed Apple and Beats resellers from utilizing Amazon. The ACM statement on Monday elicited no immediate response from Apple.

The ACM said it had informed the company of its decision, and the company would be subject to a weekly fine ranging from 5 million to 50 million euros until it complies.

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