App Store to allow dating apps in the Netherlands to use third-party payment services

Apple is said to “again comply with regulations” requiring the use of alternative payment methods for in-app purchases for apps distributed through the App Store. However, it is immediately important to note that the option that the tech giant is going to adopt is very specific. And according to the authoritative edition of Reuters, the aforementioned corporation has confirmed the fact that it will still comply with the orders of the Netherlands Consumer and Markets Authority, obliging it to still allow the use of third-party payment systems in Tinder and other local dating applications.

And in case you didn’t know, the aforementioned regulator determined on December 24 that Apple had abused its bargaining power by requiring access to alternative platforms for in-app purchases, and also gave Apple until January 15 in order for the company to did make changes. Otherwise, the company will be subject to fines. One way or another, this time, as is the case with all past decisions, Apple was unhappy.

The company’s management argues that allowing third-party payment options for in-app purchases “will compromise the user experience and personal data”, creating new privacy and security threats. Moreover, in this regard, Apple even decided to remind developers that they, or their payment partners, will themselves be responsible for processing refunds and all related problems. In any case, Apple is going to appeal the decision of the Dutch Consumer and Markets Authority, and also notes that it will continue to charge a commission on third-party payments if users choose to make them through the App Store system.

Be that as it may, it is extremely important to note that this decision does not in any way affect other applications available in the Netherlands, with the exception of dating applications. However, in any case, this news very well reflects the growing “opposition of the regulatory authorities” in relation to the current business model of Apple with its App Store in many countries, including even South Korea and, of course, the United States of America. Officials are increasingly convinced that Apple is using its in-app purchase requirement primarily to stifle competition.

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