Apple Eliminates Separate Binary Requirement for Dutch Dating Apps Accepting Alternative Payments

Apple today announced that developers of dating apps on the App Store in the Netherlands that use an alternative payments system no longer need to create and use a separate binary. This change allows these developers to accept alternative payments in their existing dating apps, but only in the Netherlands and on devices running iOS or iPadOS.

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Apple also announced two other changes that apply to dating apps accepting alternative payments in the Netherlands:

– Payment Service Provider Criteria: Apple is providing updated and more-specific criteria to evaluate non-Apple payment service providers that developers of dating apps in the Netherlands may use.

– Consumer Disclosures: Apps that use either entitlement need to include an in-app modal sheet that explains to users that they’re going to make purchases through an external payment system, and the potential impact that choice could have on the user. Apple is adjusting the language on the modal sheet and reducing the number of times the sheet must be displayed.

Apple reiterated that it disagrees with and is appealing the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) order allowing dating apps to circumvent the App Store’s in-app purchase system. In the meantime, Apple said the changes announced today demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to fulfill its legal obligations in the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, the ACM announced that Apple had adjusted its conditions for Dutch dating apps. After receiving the new proposal, the ACM said it would then hand down its decision whether Apple has come into compliance with its requirement that alternative methods of payment should be possible in dating apps. At this current time, the ACM has yet to publicly announce its decision. Apple has incurred €50 million in fines in the meantime.

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