The rules of the Play Store are being probed by the EU

In a new case, the executive body of the European Union is trying to map the background of the operation of the Google Play Store and its legal compliance. In July, the European Commission sent questionnaires to several development companies, from which it primarily wants to find out from the stakeholders whether Google has threatened them with removing their content from the Play Store if they integrate payment platforms other than the Play Store.

According to information obtained by Reuters, the questionnaires contain a total of 16 questions, mostly covering the period (2017-2021 and 2019-2021). Some of the questions also concern which apps were affected by the stricter conditions that Google implemented this summer, and whether it has become more difficult for the developer to reach Android users, and how Google enforced its new terms of use. for example, whether it was necessary to part with an existing third-party payment service provider, and how this affected the change in the number of customers.

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In its questionnaire, the European Commission also tries to find out whether the use of alternative payment methods brings real benefits for developers, and if Google did allow them to use alternative transaction methods, whether it asked for any kind of commission or suggested e to the content owners that such transactions are considered less secure.

Google also announced last month that under the new terms of use, certain developers will receive a more favorable commission of 12% (or less) instead of the previous 15% commission if they use an alternative payment system – however, the discount does not apply to game developers concerned.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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