Apple changes payment rules for third-party dating apps to comply with Dutch regulator”s order

Apple has announcement a handful of changes to its rules around dating app payments to comply with orders from the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). If you recall, the regulator ordered the tech giant to allow third-party payments in locally available dating apps by January this year. A Reuters March report said the company had yet to join to orders in a way that is really in line with what the regulator wanted, however – so far, of course.

In its announcement, Apple said it has made user interface adjustments for third-party payments. As part of its efforts to comply with the ACM, it has started showing a warning whenever someone tries to pay with a third-party payment option, warning them that they will need to contact the developer for a refund. . As Reuters note, this warning was originally accompanied by a button that made it easy to opt out of using an external payment system. The ACM apparently didn’t approve of this button, so Apple had to remove it.

Apple also clarified in its post that even developers who already pay lower discounts are eligible for the reduced commission rates they charge on third-party payments. Back when the company said it would comply with ACM requirements, it revealed that developers paying a 30% discount would only be charged 27%. However, it was unclear whether developers who already pay lower rates to meet certain criteria, such as earning less than a million a year, will also benefit from the 3% discount. Apple clarified in its announcement that they will indeed pay lower commissions for third-party payments, so those who are only charged 15% will only have to remit 12% to the company.

In a statement published on its website, the ACM said that with these changes, “Apple will comply with the requirements that the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has set under European and Dutch competition rules.” The regulator also revealed that Apple had to pay fines totaling 50 million euros for failing to meet ACM compliance requirements in recent months. Apple, however, said it doesn’t believe some of the changes it needs to implement are in the privacy or data security interests of its users. “As we have said before,” the company added, “we disagree with the initial ACM order and are appealing it.”

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