The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros, the fifth such penalty in successive weeks in a row over access to non-Apple payment methods for subscriptions to dating apps.
The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) says the iPhone maker is abusing a dominant market position by failing to allow software application makers in the Netherlands to use other payment methods for dating apps accessible via its App Store.
The ACM has been levying weekly fines of 5 million euros since Apple missed a 15 January deadline to make changes that the watchdog had mandated.
It said the U.S. 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. So far, however, they have refused to put forward any serious proposals."
The problem that the Dutch have is that Apple has piles of cash and thinks it is right. At the moment it appears to have more power than the Dutch government. Maybe if the Dutch want to be taken seriously they should just get a court order and shut down Apple's anti-trust operations, seize assets, and not allow Apple to carry out its criminal operations in the country.