Netherlands’ Antitrust Regulator Reviewing Apple’s Plan to Collect 27 Percent Commission from Dating App Developers

Netherlands’ Antitrust Regulator Reviewing Apple’s Plan to Collect 27 Percent Commission from Dating App Developers

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The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in the Netherlands told Reuters that it is reviewing Apple’s proposal to see if it complies with the rules. The authority earlier instructed Apple to allow developers of dating apps to use third-party payment systems. The iPhone maker proposed charging a 27 percent commission in the plan under review.

To get you up to speed, the ACM directed Apple to allow all dating app developers in the Netherlands to use third-party payment systems. The ACM deemed the Cupertino giant’s initial compliance plan inadequate and slapped it with a 5 million euro fine that would be levied every week until it complied. At the time, Apple insisted it complied with the rules in the Netherlands, but the ACM differed. On February 4, Apple hurriedly submitted a plan that proposed collecting a 27 percent commission for using third-party payment systems for processing in-app purchases.

The ACM is now reviewing this plan. The antitrust regulator noted that previously, Apple did not implement its plans but only laid them out and allowed developers to register their interest.

At first, Apple’s proposal of a 27 percent commission might seem like a better deal than the 30 percent commission it charges for using the App Store’s default payment system. However, several developers highlighted various demerits associated, such as:

  • Developers would need to choose between a third-party payment service within the app, redirecting to an external website, or Apple’s offering.
  • The developers would directly be tasked with handling queries related to “refunds, purchase history, subscription management,” etc.
  • The dating app would have to display an intimidating-looking sheet before redirecting users to third-party platforms.
  • Developers could be compelled to create a separate app only available in the Netherlands.

Our Take

All things considered, most small developers would be unable to comply with Apple’s prerequisites or find it unreasonable to invest in the development costs to save on a monthly commission. Not to mention, third-party payment gateways also charge the developers a commission that hovers around the 3 percent mark. This effectively negates any benefit developers could get from Apple’s most current compliance plan.

Do you think the market regulator would allow Apple to implement a compliance plan that doesn’t seem to benefit developers in any way? Tell us in the comments section below.

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