Apple and Google urged to offer enhanced App Store law compliance plans by South Korean regulator


South Korea’s telecoms regulator wants better compliance plans from Apple and Google Alphabet before finalizing rules for a law banning app store operators from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, officials said Thursday.

South Korea passed the law, an amendment to the Telecommunications Business Law, last year. The rules, to be drafted by March 15 and called an enforcement order, will define what constitutes compliance with the law.

Although the order has not been finalized, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) believes that a compliance plan submitted by Apple “still lacks concrete details”, a KCC official told Reuters.

The KCC was in touch with Apple representatives for a more detailed compliance plan that goes beyond the general intent to allow alternative payment systems, the official said.

Regarding Google’s plan, the official said the KCC is aware of the concern over Google’s planned policy of only reducing its developer service fees by 4 percentage points when users choose a system. alternative billing, and the regulator is awaiting additional information from Google.

“As a result of any policy, if app developers find it really difficult to use an alternative payment system and resort to the App Store’s dominant operator’s payment system, that would not match not to the purpose of the law,” the official said, adding that this position would likely be reflected in the final order.

The official, who is not authorized to speak to the media, declined to be identified. Apple and Google had no immediate response.

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