Dutch dating apps are the first to be allowed to use third-party payment services
Apple will let Dutch dating app developers offer alternative payment options – the first time the tech giant has allowed an outside service in its App Store. The move comes a month after its policies were deemed monopolistic.
Apple releases news “rights” allowing developers to implement their own third-party payment services to pay for these apps in the Netherlands, the
California-based multinational announcement late Friday.
The measure offers developers the ability to bypass its in-app purchase system, avoiding its traditional 15-30% commission. Users will now be redirected to the web to pay.
The changes were released less than a month after the Dutch Competition Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) ruled that Apple had breached competition laws. The watchdog said the company was forced to introduce changes to its App Store payment policies or face a fine of up to 50 million euros ($56.6 million ).
However, Apple said it will continue to charge commission on purchases regardless of the latest changes to the system. He did not disclose any details on how he will collect the revenue share or how much cut it will take.
“Dating apps that have the right to connect or use a third-party integrated payment provider will pay Apple a commission on transactions,” a message to developers on the company’s site reads. “More information on all aspects of rights will be available shortly.”
Apple said it disagrees with the ACM’s decision and is appealing.
“Because we do not believe these orders are in the best interests of our users, we have appealed the ACM’s decision to a higher court,” he said, citing concerns about user privacy and experience as well as data security.
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