Apple will allow Dutch dating apps to use other payment options in existing apps

To help end the wrangling with Dutch regulators that has escalated over the past few months, Apple today released a new version of its App Store rules that allow local dating apps to accept payments through processors. third. So far, its proposals to comply with a December decision mandating the change have not satisfied the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and landed Apple 50 million euros in fines.

Of the three key changes, the obvious one is that Apple is dropping its insistence that any app choosing to use an external payment processor must create and use a separate binary from its existing app. According to Apple, “This change means that developers can include either right in their existing dating app, but must still limit its use to the app in the Netherlands storefront and on devices running iOS. or iPadOS.” He also presented more details on how to evaluate non-Apple payment system providers and examples of pages that applications should present to customers to inform them that they are about to interact with a payment service. non-Apple payment.

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The change doesn’t come voluntarily, as Apple’s message to developers still says “we disagree with the original ACM order and are appealing it.” In the meantime, Apple will still insist on charging a 27% commission on transactions for apps linked or using a third-party payment system.

Per the ACM order, dating apps that have the right to connect or use a third-party integrated payment provider will pay Apple a commission on transactions. Apple will take a 27% commission on the price paid by the user, excluding value added taxes. This is a discounted rate that excludes value related to payment processing and related activities. Developers will be responsible for collecting and remitting all applicable taxes, such as Netherlands Value Added Tax (VAT), for sales processed through a third-party payment provider.

Developers using these rights will be required to provide a report to Apple recording each sale of digital goods and content that has been facilitated through the App Store. This report must be provided monthly within 15 calendar days of the end of Apple’s fiscal month. To learn more about the details that will need to be included in the report, see a sample report. Qualified Developers will receive an invoice based on the reports and must pay Apple the invoiced amount within 45 days of the end of Apple’s fiscal month. In the future, if Apple develops technical solutions to facilitate reporting, developers will be required to adopt such technologies.

The ACM said on Monday its next step is to present the policy to “market participants for consultation”. If they agree to the terms, Apple can avoid escalating fines.

This dispute and policy change under protest comes as Apple and Google in particular come under increased scrutiny over the control they have over apps and payments within their ecosystems. The EU’s Digital Markets Act could require support for external payment processors in all apps after it comes into force this fall, while South Korea recently passed a similar law.


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