Dutch competition watchdog ACM said on Monday it had rejected Apple’s objections to 50 million euros ($53 million) in fines imposed on the company for failing to comply with orders to limit the dominance of Apple’s App Store.
The ACM states that Apple has met most of its requirements to open the App Store to alternative forms of payment for dating apps in the Netherlands, but has not met an undisclosed third element of the conditions regarding the fines.
The ACM ruled in 2021 that Apple had violated Dutch competition laws in the dating app market and required Apple to allow dating app developers to use third-party payment processors.
It fined Apple 5 million euros per week, eventually reaching a fine of 50 million euros during the period it was out of compliance.
Apple objected to these fines, saying the regulator had misdefined the relevant markets and overestimated the dominance of Apple’s position in the dating app market.
The regulator rejected all of Apple’s objections in a decision dated July 13, 2023, published on Monday.
“We disagree with ACM’s original decision, which reduces investment incentives and is not in the best interests of our users’ privacy or data security,” Apple said in a response.
“Since the ACM has rejected our administrative appeal, we will appeal to the Dutch court.”
The ACM said it would publish the undisclosed part of the proceedings that Apple had objected to if it won in court.
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