Google, which has been controversial over the app toll tax due to the notice of in-app payment enforcement policy, announced that it would cut the fee.
In addition, the opposition party accepted Google’s position that the sanctions against Google could cause trade friction between the United States and Korea, and again misfired the bill.
The National Assembly Science and Technology Information Broadcasting and Communication Committee (Over-Defense) The Information Communication Broadcasting Act Review Subcommittee reviewed seven amendments to the telecommunications business law called the Google Anti-Gap Jil Prevention Act on the afternoon of the 23rd, but on that day, without processing the bill, it was suspended.
On that day, members of the Democratic Party, including Rep. Seung-rae Cho, a secretary of the ruling party, argued, “Because the bill has been sufficiently discussed and alternatives and mediation plans have been prepared, we must deal with the mediation plan,” but they encountered opposition.
Rep. Park Seong-joong and other members of the People’s Strength blocked the bill from being processed on the grounds that there were no overseas cases, so we had to watch more.
It is known that the law was canceled on this day because the opposition party accepted concerns about the amendment of Google Korea.
On the 19th, Google Korea told a plurality of legislators’ offices on the 19th, “While there is a high concern that the in-app payment bill will cause trade friction between Korea and the United States, there is still a lot of time left, so we ask for a careful review rather than hurry to deal with it.” In fact, it is widely recognized as a law targeting Google and Apple, and there is a high possibility of violation of the Korea-US FTA’s obligation to ban domestic treatment and market access.”
“The Biden administration is also concerned about the formation of diplomatic relations in the early stages of the Biden administration if Korea takes the lead in introducing in-app payment regulations as well as network usage fees targeting US companies in a situation where the principle of protection trade continues.” Expressed.
However, Google Korea announced plans to cut in-app payment fees as a compromise. From September 30th, Google announced its policy to force its payment system to charge a 30% fee for all apps other than games, and faced backlash that it is going to pay an’app toll’.
According to a survey published by the Korea Mobile Industry Association commissioned by the Ministry of Science and ICT, it is estimated that if Google enforces in-app payment, the commission income will increase by up to 156.8 billion won.
Accordingly, there are currently seven amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act, which contain the inability of app market operators with monopoly status to enforce specific payment methods.
Initially, the ruling and opposition parties agreed to deal with in-app payment-related bills during the national audit period last year, but on the last day of the National Assembly, the opposition party changed its stance, saying, “We can’t handle it quickly.”
Google said, “Before the implementation of the updater policy on September 30th, we are in the process of reviewing support for small and medium-sized developers and improvement of business models. It is necessary to change the global policy at the Google headquarters level, so we are actively working to move the headquarters. I ask you to wait for the bill to be processed,” he said.
It is reported that Google plans to announce a specific reduction plan in March as early as the first half of the year after discussions with 190 countries where Google Play was introduced.
Apple and One Store also showed policies to cut their fees in half, so if Google also participates, the burden on developers, whether voluntarily or otherwise, will be greatly reduced.
Reporter Ho Lee [email protected]
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