South Korea votes for a law that could mean trouble for Google and Apple

South Korea votes for a law that could mean trouble for Google and Apple

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that the South Korean parliament was set to think about a law that would force both Google and Apple to permit third-party payment methods on their respective app stores. At the time, the overall consensus was that South Korean lawmakers would vote for the new law, and therefore the vote happened early Wednesday.

The South Korean parliamentary committee voted to recommend the law, which may be a step towards breaking what many see as a monopoly that both Google and Apple have regarding payments on in-app purchases. Because it stands now, both of the technology giants force developers to use proprietary payment systems and grab up to 30 per cent of the cash developers earn.

Criticism against the payment methods employed by both Google and Apple has surfaced from around the world. Google Play and, therefore, the Apple App Store are massive moneymakers, with their respective companies raking in billions of dollars annually, mostly from the commission fees charged when consumers download games and other apps created by developers.

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Apple has long maintained that allowing other payment methods via its App Store puts users in danger of fraud. Apple also claims opening its payment system up to 3rd parties undermines its privacy protections. Google maintains the legislation has been rushed and hasn’t put enough effort into analyzing potential negative impacts of the change.

Considering Google has long allowed users to download apps from third-party app stores, it’s likely getting to be very difficult for the search giant to argue against the change within the minds of the many Android users. Supporters of the legislation maintain that Apple and Google are certainly capable of ensuring payment security via third-party providers by working with external developers and partners. The proposed legislation still has got to undergo a final choose parliament to be approved. A loss in South Korea could set a precedent making similar legislation in other parts of the planet easier to get.

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