South Korea investigates Apple and Google app stores

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The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) recently said an investigation would be launched against Apple and Google. The companies are apparently violating local rules to transact in the apps. The official start date for the investigation is August 16, according to Korea’s Yonhap News.

In addition to Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, the investigation will also cover the local ONE Store, which is owned by SK Group. The agency has been investigating the three app stores since May 17 and found they allegedly violated requirements of the country’s law passed last year. This law allows developers to use third-party payment systems when making microtransactions in apps. And stores can no longer force developers to use only their services. Apple and Google have agreed to open platforms for third-party payment systems. And offer a 4% discount for transactions through third-party services.

South Korea to investigate Apple and Google for breaking in-app payment rule

At the same time, even in South Korea, the ban on posting links to alternative payment services in apps remains. Last month, Google temporarily blocked KakaoTalk updates. It is the most popular instant messenger in the country. Because of this, the administration of which subsequently agreed to remove these links. The service also complained only after Google changed the payment rules. Sales of special versions of emoji for the messenger fell by a third. Based on the results of the investigation, the KCC may order app store owners to bring their sites into compliance with the requirements of the law, as well as impose fines of up to 2% of their revenue. annual business.

MEPs were also interested in the work of the Apple and Google application stores. Where the Digital Markets Act (DMA) was passed, which prohibits the monopolization of payment tools for mobile software. A similar measure is in preparation in the United States.

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