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South Korea passes bill limiting Apple and Google control over app store payments

  • The South Korean parliament approved a bill on Tuesday that will ban major app store operators — like Google and Apple — from requiring developers to only use their payment systems to process the sale of digital products and services.
  • Those policies usually require developers to pay Google and Apple a commission as high as 30% in every transaction.
  • It means that developers will be able to avoid paying commission to Google and Apple by directing users to pay via alternate platforms.

Visitors look at Apple Inc. iPhones and iPads on display at the SK Telecom Co. T Factory flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, June 11, 2021.SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images

South Korea's parliament has approved a bill that will make it the first country to impose curbs on Google and Apple's payment policies that force developers to only use the tech giants' proprietary billing systems.

The legislation will become law once signed by President Moon Jae-in, whose party has been a vocal supporter of the bill.

Apple and Google's policies usually require developers to pay the tech giants a commission as high as 30% of every transaction.

The bill, approved Tuesday, means that developers will be able to avoid paying commission to major app store operators — like Google and Apple — by directing users to pay via alternate platforms.

What Apple and Google are saying

An Apple spokesperson said the bill will "put users who purchase digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage their purchases and features like 'Ask to Buy' and Parental Controls will become less effective."

They added that user trust in App Store purchases will likely decrease as a result of the legislation.

A Google spokesperson said its service fee "helps keep Android free, giving developers the tools and global platform to access billions of consumers around the world."

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