Dutch competition regulators nearing draft decision in Apple investigation

According to a letter sent this month to some of the Apple developers involved in the case, Dutch competition authorities are nearing a draft decision in a years-long investigation into Apple over rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system.

Apple App Store on Apple devices
Apple’s App Store

Stephen Nellis for Reuters:

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM, said in 2019 here that it was investigating Apple’s requirement that developers use its payment system, which charges commissions of between 15% and 30%.

If it issues a decision soon, the ACM could become the first antitrust authority to rule on Apple’s app-store payment policies, which have long drawn complaints from app developers.

In letters to developers involved in the investigation sent earlier this month, which were described to Reuters by two people who received them, the regulator said it was nearing a draft decision in the case.

It gave no indication of how it would rule.

According to the confidential letter to developers, the regulator is also scrutinizing Apple rules that bar developers from telling users about cheaper payment alternatives outside of the app.

MacDailyNews Take: This will be an interesting decision; maybe a split decision with the ACM siding with Apple on the requirement to use Apple’s In-App Payment system, but disallowing Apple’s gag order on developers being able to tell users of alternative payment options on their website.


  1. Why would any company want them on there system, how would the system be protected from outsiders who make there own software and follow there own rules and only desire for there money abs none fir the systems. Who is in control then Apple or developers.

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