Apple Prefers Fines Over Compliance, Says EC Commissioner

While criticising the conduct of Apple with the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (‘ACM’), where Apple had been fined for 5th consecutive week for non compliance with ACM’s order, the EC Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, said “Apple’s conduct in the Netherlands these days may be an example. As we understand it, Apple essentially prefers paying periodic fines, rather than comply with a decision of the Dutch Competition Authority on the terms and conditions for third parties to access its App Store.