Apple plans to change App Store payment system in South Korea

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The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) had asked Apple Inc and Alphabet’s Google to submit compliance plans.

The KCC said Apple plans to allow alternative payment systems for service fees that are 30% lower than the current commissions.

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  • Last update:January 11, 2022, 13:49 IST
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South Korea’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday that Apple had submitted plans to allow third-party payment systems on its app store, in order to comply with a law prohibiting major app store operators from forcing them. software developers to use their payment systems. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) had asked Apple Inc and Alphabet’s Google to submit compliance plans after the bill was passed in August last year. The law entered into force in September.

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

“Apple has a great respect for Korean laws and a strong history of working with talented application developers in the country … We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users,” Apple said in a statement. declaration.

The KCC said Apple plans to allow alternative payment systems for service fees that are 30% lower than the current commissions. 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.

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