Apple is facing further scrutiny in the Netherlands as the Dutch consumer watchdog, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), contests the fees it imposes on dating app providers. This legal challenge, reported by Bloomberg, is part of the ongoing case against Apple, which primarily revolves around allegations of anticompetitive practices within its app store. While the current case specifically addresses dating apps in the Netherlands, its outcome could have broader implications for other markets.
In 2021, the ACM imposed a fine of €50 million ($53 million) on Apple for failing to comply with the regulatory changes it had mandated for Apple’s app store. The ACM argued that Apple’s practices violated European Union antitrust laws. In response, Apple appealed the fines, and the case remains pending in a Rotterdam Court. As a result of the ACM’s requirements, Apple made adjustments to its app store, allowing alternative payment methods for dating apps in the Netherlands.
In February 2022, Apple decreased its commissions for dating app developers in the Netherlands from 30% to 27%. However, the ACM did not publicly disclose whether it considered this reduction to be a satisfactory response.
The ACM recently published a summary of its rebuttals to Apple’s objections, dated July 13, 2023, revealing that one issue related to commissions remained undisclosed.
According to the ACM’s detailed arguments, this undisclosed dispute centers around Apple charging dating app providers a higher fee for the same services it offers to other types of app developers, Reuters reported.
While the case is currently before the court, a decision date has not been set. Apple has not issued a public statement regarding this ongoing legal matter.