South Korea’s communications authority, the Korean Communications Commission (KCC), said in a statement on Wednesday that companies operating application marketplaces that do not operate their virtual stores in accordance with local regulations could face tough action and fines, Reuters reports. KCC has also envisaged significant fines to keep the two dominant players in the market, Apple and Google, in check.
According to the authority, if the relevant marketplace operators continue to quasi-“lock” users and developers into their own transaction management systems, they can expect a penalty of up to 2% of their annual turnover from applications and subscriptions. Penalties of up to 1% of annual turnover can be expected if the operator waits too long to approve the submitted application, or if it removes it from the marketplace without a sufficiently compelling reason.
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The legislation passed in late August, which is only referred to in the local press as an anti-Google law, could be the first serious test of whether the functioning of marketplaces complained of by many developers could be changed in the longer term, and the impact on operators, content owners and developers. and the symbiosis of end users.
Regarding the law, Google has previously argued that the Play Store is not a simple transaction processing interface, and that the commission will help make Android a billion-dollar, free global platform.
At the same time, Apple has echoed the line of argument that has been voiced many times before, arguing that the law will pose new threats to customers paying for digital goods that could cause serious damage to both property and privacy, fundamentally undermining trust in all similar transactions. regardless of the channel through which it takes place.
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