According to Dutch antitrust watchdog ACM, Apple will be fined again next week for not complying fully with an order to open its App Store to competing payment methods for dating apps in the Netherlands.
The ACM (Authority for Consumers and Markets) has slapped weekly 5 million euro fines on the iPhone maker since January, totaling 45 million euros ($49 million). This week’s penalty is the ninth one the company has received from ACM so far.
To get the ban lifted, Apple sent a new proposal to the ACM this week. An official from the Dutch watchdog, who did not want to be named, told Reuters on Friday that the offer does not fully comply with its order.
According to ACM rules, additional fines could be imposed if the total penalty exceeds 50 million euros.
Not immediately available for comment was Apple, which requires developers to use its system and pays commissions of 15-30 percent on digital goods purchases and is under regulatory scrutiny worldwide.
In 2019, the ACM launched an investigation into whether Apple’s practices constituted an abuse of a dominant market position. Tinder’s parent company, Match Group Inc., which owns the app, was initially the primary focus of the investigation before its scope was narrowed.
Apple has been ordered to stop abusing its market dominance, according to ACM. Apple denies any wrongdoing in the market.
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