Dutch watchdog fines Apple another $5.7 million in App Store dispute

Apple, which could not immediately be reached for comment, has twice posted information on its own blog about the changes it is making to comply with the Dutch order. However, the ACM said on Monday that it was not receiving enough information from the US company to assess whether Apple was actually complying.

“ACM is disappointed with Apple’s behavior and actions,” he said in a statement. He noted that the Dutch courts upheld his decision, which found that Apple’s behavior violated competition law.

Apple is under pressure in many countries over the commissions it charges on in-app purchases, with the US Senate last Thursday approving a bill prohibiting Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google from forcing users to use their payment systems.

On January 15, Apple first claimed that it had complied with the Dutch regulator’s December order. But the regulator replied that Apple had not yet made the changes – it had just indicated that it would.

On February 3, Apple made a new statement on its blog, apparently explaining how developers could now implement the alternative payment methods.

An important footnote was that Apple said it would still charge a 27% commission on in-app payments it doesn’t process, slightly below the 30% it currently charges. The company claimed it was “in compliance with the ACM ordinance”.

An ACM spokesperson said the agency could not comment beyond its public statements on whether a 27% commission would be consistent with its order.

Apple is separately appealing the ACM’s initial December ruling, arguing that alternative payment systems pose a security risk to users.