Apple allows Dutch dating apps to use alternative payment methods
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Apple allows Dutch dating apps to use alternative payment methods

At the end of a months-long dispute between Dutch regulators and Apple, Apple has finally released a new local version of the App Store User Agreement. It stipulates that payments in dating apps can be made via third-party payment services. Before Apple agreed to the new terms, Apple managed to “earn” 50 million euros in fines from the Dutch Consumer and Markets Protection Agency (ACM).

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Apple has previously said it would allow dating app users to use alternative payment systems, but imposed a number of conditions that made such a transition almost pointless. For the App Store in the Netherlands in particular, you’d have to request hosting as a separate software option, and you’d also have to choose between Apple’s payment system and a third-party option – rather than being able to use both in one application. Finally, the company intended to charge a 27% fee for transactions made through alternative payment systems.

The company has now waived the requirement to create an additional version of apps for the Dutch version of the store. However, the use of the alternative payment system should be limited to the Netherlands. Added methods for evaluating non-Apple systems and sample pages that developers must provide to customers to warn them that they will be interacting with a non-Apple financial entity.

The company continues to insist that the ACM requirements threaten user privacy and data security. Apple says the order is being challenged by ACM and insists it charge a 27% fee for payments made through third-party payment systems. According to the ACM regulation, the applications have been given the possibility to connect to external payment means in the applications themselves or to use third-party payment systems. However, Apple charges a fee of 27% of the payment amount (excluding local sales tax) and the developers are responsible for paying all related taxes. The latter must register all sales of digital goods through the App Store, the data must be made available to Apple in the manner prescribed by the company.

Disputes with the Dutch regulator are local in nature and only concern one type of software in the App Store. However, the Digital Markets Act, which will require the use of third-party payment systems in all applications, is due to come into force in the EU this fall, and South Korea recently passed a similar law. In addition, following Apple’s lawsuit against Epic Games, the court in the United States has ruled to allow the use of such systems in applications for iOS, but the law has not yet come into force pending Apple’s appeal process.

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