The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) demands that Apple adjust the unreasonable conditions in the App Store that apply to dating app providers. Dating app providers now have no free choice for a payment system for purchases made in the dating app by consumers.
If Apple has not amended the conditions within two months, the company must pay a penalty of 5 million euros per week with a maximum of 50 million euros.
To use the App Store, app providers pay $99 per year. Nearly 85 percent of app providers only pay this fee. These are small companies, but also large companies such as Amazon, Booking or Uber.
If an app provider wants to offer paid services or subscriptions within its app – such as dating apps – Apple sets additional conditions. This applies to just over 15 percent of the app providers.
The ACM believes that the conditions are disproportionate to the additional payment service provided. Also, the conditions are not necessary for maintaining the App Store. That is why ACM states that the conditions are unreasonable and contrary to the competition rules.
Because dating apps on the iPhone can only be offered via the App Store, dating app providers are very dependent on Apple. Dating app providers therefore have no choice but to accept Apple’s terms and conditions. The ACM therefore concludes that Apple has a dominant position.
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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