BRUXSELS, February 23 - Some US IT firms may pay a fine rather than comply with antitrust regulations, according to the European Union's antitrust chief. Apple's competition authority was cited as a demonstration.
Apple received a 5-million-euro ($5.7 million) fine on Monday, the fifth such fine in a row, owing to claims that Apple does not authorize subscriptions to dating apps using non-Apple payment methods.
According to Margrethe Vestager, Apple's behavior might indicate that other major companies are doing their duties equally, according to the European Commission vice president and digital chief.
"Some gatekeepers may be tempted to play for time or trying to circumvent the rules," she said in an online talk at a congressional ceremony on Tuesday.
Apple's conduct in the Netherlands these days may be an example. However, as we understand it, Apple prefers paying periodic fines rather than comply with a Dutch Competition Authority's terms and conditions for third parties to use its App Store."
Apple, contacted by Reuters, referred to a blogpost on February 3 which said it must make the mandatory adjustments to comply with its legal obligations in the Netherlands while assisting users to avoid further risks.
Vestager has proposed landmark regulations called the Digital Markets Act, which is aimed at Alphabet groups like Google, Amazon Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft, and which may come into force next year.
Apple would allow third parties to access its App Store. In several countries, most recently the United States, Apple's App Store condition has been underwhelmed.