Apple plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea’s app store, regulator says

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South Korea’s telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday that Apple had submitted plans to allow third-party payment systems on its App Store, to comply with a law that prohibits major App Store operators from forcing developers to software to use their payment systems.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) had asked Apple and Alphabet’s Google to submit compliance plans after the bill was passed in August last year. The law came into force in September.

Google announced plans in November to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea to comply with the amended Telecommunications Business Law, dubbed the “Anti-Google Law.”

“Apple has great respect for Korean laws and a long history of working with the country’s talented app developers…We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users. “, said Apple. in a report.

The KCC said Apple plans to allow alternative payment systems at lower service fees than the current 30% fees.

Apple did not provide details, such as when the change would take effect or commission rates, but it plans to discuss further details with the KCC, the regulator said.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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