Apple lets developers in the Netherlands offer payment options

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Apple will reluctantly allow dating app developers in the Netherlands to use alternative payment methods in the App Store, but it does not like it and the score is not decided yet.

In an update on its developer blog Friday, Apple said that developers of dating apps will have two new optional ones “rights” in the App Store, which sounds strangely medieval, but OK. In addition to using Apple’s payment system in the app – which almost all developers worldwide are required to use, with some exceptions-the will also be able to include an in-app link that directs users to their website to make a purchase or use a third-party payment system in the app.

According to Apple, developers can choose only one of the two rights and must request it from Apple. For those who want to continue using Apple’s payment system in the app, where the company takes between 15% and 30% reduction of each purchase, no action is required.

“We are concerned that these changes may compromise the user experience and create new threats to users’ privacy and data security,” Apple said in a statement. developer blog, and notes that it has designed the App Store to be a safe and trusted place. “In the meantime, we are committed to making the required changes that we are launching today, and we will provide further information soon.

Apple went on to emphasize that some App Store features will not be available to users of dating app developers who request rights “in part because we can not validate the security and safety of payments that take place outside the App Store’s private and secure payment system.”

It added that Apple will not be able to assist users with refunds, purchase history, subscription management or other problems they encounter when using alternative payment methods.

“You will be responsible for resolving such issues with customers,” Apple said.

(Something tells me that the company probably would have put “you” in all the letters if it was not worried about the look).

The new payment options in the Netherlands are not live yet, but will be “made available soon,” the company announced.

Considering Apple’s position on payments in the App Store, as well as the statements above, you can probably guess that it did not offer the new rights of kindness from its Big Tech heart. Apple is to be forced to give dating app developers alternative payment options of the Dutch authority for consumers and markets, also known as ACM.

In a decision published in late December, the regulator determined that the terms Apple applied to dating app developers were unreasonable. ACM said some app providers are dependent on the App Store and that Apple, which holds a dominant position, is taking benefit from this dependency by requiring them to use its in-app payment system. The regulator gave Apple two months to give these developers additional payment options and threatened it with up to $ 56.5 million in fines if it did not follow through.

Apple is appealing ACM’s decision to a higher court.


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