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Apple complies with Dutch watchdog ruling on payment options in Netherlands -Breaking


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AMSTERDAM, (Reuters) – Apple (NASDAQ) announced Saturday that it will allow Dutch developers of dating apps to accept non-Apple payments. This was in compliance with a Jan. 15 order by the country’s regulator. Otherwise, fines could be imposed.

A Dec. 24, decision by the Authority for Consumers and Markets of the United States found that Apple had misused its market position and required dating app developers including Tinder owner to publish it. Match Group Inc To exclusively use Apple’s In-App Payment System, (NASDAQ:).

Apple’s policy of charging developers for digital goods and paying commissions between 15-30% has been criticized by regulators around the globe. However, the Dutch ruling only applies to the Netherlands and not dating apps.

Apple announced that they would follow the Dutch App Store’s decision by introducing “two additional entitlements” to users through a blog post.

The company noted however that Apple was not required to allow developers to access non-Apple software and warned that Apple wouldn’t be able “to directly know” about any safety issues or refunds for payments made outside its systems.

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Apple appeals the Dutch decision.

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