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KCC to probe Apple, Google over in-app payment rulesBy Kan Hyeong-woo
Published : Aug. 9, 2022 - 17:54
The fact-checking investigation will begin from Aug. 16, according to the KCC. App market operators that only allow certain payment options or refuse app registrations or updates of app developers that use external links for in-app purchases could be deemed as a violation of the Telecommunications Business Act, the agency said.
“If the results of the investigation are judged to be a violation, like forcing a specific payment method, we plan to take strict measures such as issuing corrective orders or imposing fines,” the KCC said in a statement.
The KCC has conducted conditional inspections of the three app market operators since May 17 after it received complaints that Google forced app developers to use its own in-app payment system, which takes 15 to 30 percent commission from transactions, and removed external payment options.
Last month, Kakao ended up removing the external payment link for its messenger app KakaoTalk after Google rejected the Korean company’s request for the latest software update.
Local app developers in music streaming, webtoon and digital books have blamed Google’s new in-app payment policy as the reason behind the recent price hikes in their content.
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