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Apple Pay Targeted in Dutch Antitrust Probe Into Payment Apps

  • Probe concerns payment apps’ access to ‘NFC’ functions
  • Apple has faced complaints from banks and other competitors
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Apple Inc. phones face scrutiny from Dutch antitrust regulators who are probing whether users get a free choice of financial apps with contactless payments.

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets said on Friday it started an investigation into payment apps’ access to near-field communication, which allows people to wave their phones at payment terminals to make purchases.