Apple is known to be totally against third-party payment on its iOS platform especially in the United States but the company is relaxing its strict rules in the Netherlands according to a new report.
The company is said to be honoring regulations that require that it allow alternative payment options in the App Store even though this is a pretty specific situation.
Apple is said to have confirmed its compliance with orders from the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets which forces it to let third-party payment systems in dating apps such as Tinder and other locally-offered dating apps in the country.
The regulators determined on Dec. 24th that Apple had abused its market power by requiring its in-app payment platforms while then giving an ultimatum of Jan. 15th for the company to make necessary changes if it wants to avoid fines.
This is certainly bad news for Apple but claimed that allowing third-party payment options would “compromise the user experience” while posing new privacy and security threats, and reminded developers they (or their payment partners) would be responsible for handling refunds and similar issues.
Apple is appealing the ACM’s decision and noted it would still take commissions from third-party payments.
As of now, the order doesn’t affect other applications that are available in the Netherlands. The regulation shows growing opposition to Apple’s App Store business models in many countries across the globe.
One such case is in South Korea and even the United States where officials are getting convinced that Apple is using its in-app purchasing requirement to stifle competition, and if other countries follow the same route as the Netherlands, it certainly won’t be surprising.