Apple has announced a handful of changes to the rules regarding dating app payments to comply with orders from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). As you recall, the regulator had ordered the tech giant to allow third-party payments in locally available dating apps by January this year. A March Reuters report said the company had yet to adhere to the orders in a way that really meets what the regulator wanted — so far, at least.
In the announcement, Apple said it has made changes to the user interface for third-party payments. As part of its efforts to comply with ACM, it started displaying a warning when someone tries to pay with a third-party payment option, warning them to contact the developer for a refund. As Reuters notes, that warning originally came with a button that made it easy to revoke using a third-party payment system. The ACM reportedly did not approve that button, so Apple had to remove it.
Apple also clarified in its release that even developers who already pay lower discounts are entitled to the reduced commission rates it requires from third-party payments. When the company said it would comply with ACM’s requirements, it revealed that developers who paid a 30 percent discount would only be charged 27 percent. However, it wasn’t clear whether developers who already pay lower rates to meet certain criteria, such as earning less than a million a year, will also enjoy the 3 percent discount. Apple clarified in its announcement that they will indeed pay lower commissions on payments to third parties, so those charged as little as 15 percent will only have to hand over 12 percent to the company.
In a statement on its website, ACM states that with these changes, “Apple will comply with the requirements set by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) for European and Dutch competition rules.” The regulator also announced that Apple had to pay a total fine of €50 million for failing to comply with the ACM’s conditions for compliance in recent months. However, Apple said it doesn’t believe some of the changes it had to make are in the best interests of its users’ privacy or data security. “As we have said before,” the company added, “we disagree with ACM’s original order and are appealing it.”
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