The competition regulator in the Netherlands announced today that Apple’s rules regarding Dutch dating apps remain insufficient.
In a report obtained by journalist Nando Kasteleijn, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) said that while Apple removes the requirement for Dutch dating apps to create a separate app binary in order to accept alternative payments, the company has no yet fully complied with Dutch and European regulations. The statement did not describe the specific terms that Apple must still comply with.
The ACM has already fined Apple a total of 50 million euros between January and March for non-compliance with the order, and the competition regulator has said it is now preparing a new order with additional penalties. which will be published in the coming weeks.
The saga began in December 2021, when the ACM announced that Apple should let dating apps accept alternative payment methods on the App Store in the Netherlands. Apple complied with the request, but first required Dutch dating apps to submit a separate app binary to accept alternative payments. Apple has since made several changes to its rules regarding Dutch dating apps, but the ACM remains unsatisfied.
Apple has previously said that while it disagrees with the order and is appealing the decision, the changes announced on March 30 demonstrate the company’s continued commitment to fulfilling its legal obligations in the Netherlands.