South Korea will be first country to curb Google, Apple app-store payments
South Korean lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that will prevent Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems for in-app purchases, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Why it matters: The bill, which will become the first law of its kind after it's signed by President Moon Jae-in, threatens to reduce Google and Apple's dominance over app developers and their access to commissions from in-app sales.
- The legislation also prevents app platforms from unreasonably delaying the approval of apps or deleting them from the store.
The big picture: The bill will likely be cited by lawmakers in the European Union and the U.S. who are also attempting to rein in the major tech companies.
- The EU's antitrust commission charged Apple with antitrust violations in April after the company required music-streaming apps like Spotify to use its in-app payments system to sell digital content and charged high commission fees.
- Apple was also recently forced to make concessions to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by U.S.-based developers over key structures of its App Store.
- A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators unveiled legislation earlier this month that would, like South Korea's legislation, ban app store operators from requiring use of their own in-app payment systems.