Apple will comply with a Dutch ruling that allows dating apps in the Netherlands to use third-party payment systems for in-app purchases, the first time the company has allowed outside payments in its App Store, Bloomberg reported.
Apple inc said late on Friday that it will allow developers to use third-party payment systems for in-app purchases on Dutch dating apps, circumventing apple inc's 15 to 30 percent commission on in-app purchases, which has drawn high attention from governments and developers in several countries.
Dating app developers can continue to use Apple's payment system, Apple said, outlining the benefits of doing so. The company information posted on its website to the developer, said: "because apple won't know using alternative methods to directly purchase behavior, so the company will not be able to handle refund, purchase histories, subscribe to assist the user management, and through these alternative purchase purchase digital goods and services in other problems."
Apple also said it disagreed with the ruling and was appealing it.
Apple said: "Because we do not believe these rulings are in the best interests of our customers, we have appealed ACM's decision to a higher court. We are concerned that these changes will harm the user experience and create new threats to user privacy and data security."
Apple said it would allow developers of certain apps to direct users to the Web to complete transactions this year.
Apple has been ordered by Dutch antitrust authorities to allow dating apps to use alternative payment systems or face a fine of up to €50 million, with a deadline of January 15 to make the change, IT Home has learned.