Dutch Antitrust Watchdog Fines Apple… For The Fifth Time

The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros (US$5.7 million) again on Monday (Feb 21), the fifth such fine for failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use non-Apple payment methods for dating apps on the App Store.

The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has been levying weekly fines of 5 million euros on Apple since the US company missed a Jan 15 deadline to make changes ordered by the watchdog.

The ACM has been levying weekly fines of 5 million euros since Apple missed a Jan. 15 deadline to make changes that the watchdog had mandated.

It said the US company had not made any new proposal to comply with its ruling in the past week.

“We have clearly explained to Apple how they can comply…,” the watchdog said in a statement. “So far, however, they have refused to put forward any serious proposals.” Apple declined comment on Monday.

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