Apple Fined €5 Million Per Week After Failing To Change App Store Policies

The Dutch consumer watchdog has announced it’s plan to fine Apple €5 million per week for failing to make changes in its App Store policies. The fine comes after a Dutch ruling announced that Apple now have to allow alternative payment options on dating apps.

Apple had initially made updates to its app store policies in response to the Dutch ruling, but the watchdog found the updates and changes to be unsatisfactory.

“This means that Apple now has to pay ACM (Netherlands Authority for Consumer and Markets) the first penalty payment of 5 million euros,” it said in a statement late on Monday.

The ACM continued: “In addition, dating-app providers must have the ability to refer to payment systems outside of the app. Apple has failed to adjust its conditions, as a result of which dating-app providers are still unable to use other payment systems. At the moment, dating-app providers can merely express their interest.”

Apple has said last week that it will let dating app developers offer alternate payment options in the Netherlands, in compliance with a ruling by the Dutch regulator. The tech giant also decided to appeal against the ruling in a higher court.