The Korean Parliamentary Committee voted to end the dominance of Google and the Apple Commission.

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SEOUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) – South Korea’s parliamentary committee voted Wednesday to recommend amendments to the law, a major step towards forcing Google and Apple to charge software developers commissions on app purchases. Economy

After the Legislative and Judiciary Committee votes to amend the Telecommunications Business Act, the so-called “anti-Google law”, the amendment will come to a final vote in Parliament.

The vote could take place on Wednesday, although South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that parliament would take action at a later date. Read more

A parliamentary official told Reuters the office had not received an official request not to hold a meeting on Wednesday.

Both Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O) Google have faced global criticism for allowing software developers to use proprietary payment systems using their App Stores up to 30%. Take commissions.

In a statement Tuesday, Apple said the bill would “put consumers at risk of fraud by purchasing digital goods from other sources, undermining their privacy protections” and boosting consumer confidence in the App Store’s purchases. It will hurt and create fewer opportunities for South Korean developers.

Wilson White, Google’s senior director of public policy, said the hasty action did not allow for a thorough analysis of the negative effects of the legislation on Korean users and app developers.

Legal experts say app store operators can work with developers and other companies to create secure payment methods.

“Google and Apple are not the only ones who can create secure payment systems,” said Lee Huang, a professor at Korea University School of Law, who specializes in competition law. “I think it’s a problem to try to create excessive fear by talking about safety or security when using different forms of payment.”

Based on records from South Korea’s parliament, the amendment would prohibit app store operators from forcing payment providers on content providers with dominant market positions and delaying the review, or deletion, of mobile content from app markets. Is.

It also allows the South Korean government to ask the app market operator to “protect consumers from harm and protect the rights and interests of consumers”, to investigate app market operators and to prevent payment, cancellation or refund in the app market. Allow arbitration in related disputes.

In the United States this month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would curb companies’ app stores that they say have too much market control, including Apple and Google. Read more

Reporting by Hakong Yang and Joyce Lee. Edit by Gary Doyle

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