Apple, Google to face up to 2% fine for in-app payment systems in S Korea

App store operators will face a fine of up to two per cent for forcing developers to use their own in-app payment systems, South Korean telecommunications regulator said.

Under the enforcement decree of the revised law aimed at curbing and other app store operators’ dominance, such app store operators will have to pay one per cent of their revenue for delays in reviewing apps, according to the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

In August, made amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act, becoming the first country to introduce such curbs on global tech giants’ in-app billing policies.

The move came amid growing global scrutiny against and Apple, who maintain a strong grip over mobile ecosystems, for requiring developers on their app stores to use their proprietary payment systems that charge fees of up to 30 per cent when users purchase digital goods within apps, reports Yonhap agency.

Developers around the world have questioned app market operators’ exclusive in-app payment systems, opposing their relatively high commissions and demanding they should be able to freely use other systems.

is home to a robust mobile app economy, with total sales from Google’s Play store at around 5 trillion won ($4.23 billion) last year and that of Apple’s App Store at 1.6 trillion won, according to the Korea Mobile Internet Business Association.

Earlier this month, pledged to provide an alternative payment system on its app store in at a slightly reduced service charge of 4 percentage points.

–IANS

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