Apple allows dating apps to offer third-party payment options…


San Francisco, Jan 16 (IANS) Apple will allow dating app developers to offer alternative payment options in the Netherlands, in accordance with a decision by the Dutch regulator. The tech giant, however, decided to appeal the decision to a higher court.

In the meantime, Apple is introducing two new optional rights exclusively applicable to dating apps on the Dutch App Store that offer additional payment processing options to users.

“Dating app developers who wish to continue using Apple’s in-app purchase system may do so and no further action is required,” the company said in a statement.

The move came after recent orders from the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) that allow developers of dating apps on the country’s app store to share additional payment processing options with users.

According to the company, it is concerned that these changes will compromise user experience and create new threats to user privacy and data security.

“In the meantime, we are obligated to make the mandatory changes we are launching today and will provide further information shortly,” Apple said.

The move will allow dating apps in the country to avoid Apple’s 15-30% commission on in-app purchases.

“Because Apple will not be directly aware of purchases made using alternate methods, Apple will not be able to assist users with refunds, purchase history, subscription management and other issues encountered when purchasing digital goods and services through these alternative purchasing methods. You will be responsible for resolving these issues with customers,’ the tech giant warned in a message to developers on its site.

Because “we don’t believe these orders are in the best interests of our users, we have appealed the ACM’s decision to a higher court,” Apple said.

Apple has been the subject of antitrust investigations by the European Union and the United States Federal Trade Commission over its app store policies.

In India, the Indian Competition Commission (ICC) has ordered a thorough antitrust investigation into Apple over its business practices in the App Store.




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