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The Netherland's Antitrust Authority has levied its fifth consecutive fine against Apple over the App Store's non-compliance for payment options

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Last Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Netherland's Antitrust Authority has issued Apple its Fourth Fine Since December for not opening up the App Store's Payment Options. Today Apple was handed their fifth fine.


Reuters is reporting that "The Dutch antitrust watchdog fined Apple 5 million euros ($5.7 million) on Monday, the fifth such penalty in successive weeks in a row over access to non-Apple payment methods for subscriptions to dating apps.


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 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...," the watchdog said in a statement. "So far, however, they have refused to put forward any serious proposals." Apple declined comment on Monday.


Of course one of the problems associated with complying with the ACM is that it would set a precedent. Once Apple complies with one European country on this issue, other EU member countries would make similar demands in a nanosecond. It's a political mine field issue that Apple legal has to carefully maneuver.  


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