Google’s latest attempts to squeeze app developers in the face of regulation: When principles and coherence no longer matter

Author: Damien Geradin
Published: 13.09.2022
As the readers of this blog know, app developers selling digital content have been unhappy for many years with Apple’s App Store policies, which force them to use its in-app payment solution (“IAP) and charges them a 30% commission, which is reduced to 15% in limited circumstances. These policies led Apple into trouble in the Netherlands, the UK and South Korea. Until recently, Google took a softer stance by allowing many app developers to use their own in-app payment system. However, in September 2020, Google decided to adopt a more aggressive approach to the enforcement of the obligation imposed on…