South Korean has again imposed new regulations on app stores, this time with a regime that will see operators fined up to two per cent of revenue if they force their proprietary in-app payment systems on developers.
“Considering that certain payment methods compulsory acts are serious illegal acts of app market operators, an enforcement ordinance has been prepared that imposes a fine of two per cent of sales and one per cent of sales for delayed screening or deletion,” the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), yesterday announced in a (Korean language) canned statement.
The new regulation follows the September 2021 introduction of the country’s Telecommunications Business Act, which prevents tech giants from restricting payment options on their platforms – either to pay for apps or for in-app purchases. The Act also prevents the likes of Google, Apple and others from taking a cut of in-app purchases facilitated by third-party services.
Come on, EU, US, where are you guys?!