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Apple plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea’s App Store, regulators say



South Korea’s telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday that Apple has submitted plans to allow third-party payment systems on its App Store, preventing major app store operators from forcing software developers to use its payment systems. Submits to complying with prohibited law.

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

Google in November announced its plans to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea to comply with the amended Telecommunications Trade Act, dubbed the “anti-Google law.”

“Apple has great respect for the laws of Korea and a strong history of collaboration with the country’s talented app developers … We look forward to working with KCC and our developer community on a solution that will benefit our Korean users.” does,” Apple said in a statement.

KCC said Apple plans to allow an alternative payment system for a lower service fee than the current 30 percent commission.

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

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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