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Apple Has Been Fined By Dutch Authorities Every Week Since January, Here's Why

Major American tech companies often face all kinds of fines when they try to export their operations to European nations, and Apple in particular has had a pretty rough time in the Netherlands where authorities have levied their ninth consecutive fine against the tech juggernaut. This fine has to do with dating party app creators not being able to use third parties but instead being bound to the inbuilt iOS API if they want to receive payments.

That can be restrictive because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up preventing app creators from truly profiting from their apps without giving Apple a cut of the proceeds. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that while Apple has paid the fines, it has not followed through with the directives of Dutch authorities to allow app creators to use third parties in order to receive payments and the company has consistently tried to state that they are in fact complying with the order in question.

If Dutch authorities are not satisfied by next week, they might end up levying a tenth fine which will bring the total amount up to 50 million Euro with 5 million Euros being charged with each fine. The ACM, short for the Authority for Consumers and Markets, has been fining Apple on a more or less weekly basis since January, and they have reportedly been unsatisfied with Apple’s claims and are trying to get the tech company to be more proactive in terms of complying with the orders that they have given.

However, Apple might be taking a different approach this time around based on the new proposals that it has given to the authority. Whether or not this proposal will prove to be fruitful and effective remains to be seen, but it can definitely be considered a bit of a step in the right direction with all things having been considered and taken into account. It will be interesting to see if this saga continues into next week.


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