Dutch antitrust regulator fines Apple 5 million euros for 5th time for refusing to change App Store rules

The Dutch regulator imposed another $5 million fine on Apple for refusing to change the terms for dating app developers. This is the fifth fine since January 15 and the total amount of fines has reached €25 million.

The Dutch Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) could increase weekly fines of up to €50 million if Apple fails to comply.

“Over the past week, we have not received any new offers from Apple. That is why Apple will have to pay the fifth fine.” – ACM

The regulator expressed regret that the American company continues to create too many barriers to dating app developers who cannot use third-party payment systems.

At the end of 2021, the ACM decided that Apple should change the terms of the App Store for choosing a payment system. Failure to comply with this requirement within two months resulted in a fine of €5 million per week being imposed on the company.

The deadline for amending the App Store expired on January 15, 2022. Apple said they changed the terms and asked the developers to provide a separate binary file that will be distributed only in the Netherlands. But the regulator considered that developers would have to create a new application from scratch, and not make changes to an existing one.

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