Earlier this month, it was reported that South Korean lawmakers had made a proposal it would effectively disrupt the way Apple and Google run their respective app stores. This would require both companies to allow the use of third-party payment systems, meaning developers would have the choice of whether or not to use Apple’s or Google’s services, and not pay them the 30% discount. .
Now, according to a new report from Reuters (paywall), it seems that there is a very good chance that this so-called “Anti-Google” law will be adopted. The report claims that South Korea’s legislative and judicial committee is expected to approve the amendment to the telecommunications law, which is then expected to be passed by the South Korean National Assembly.
Unsurprisingly, Apple is not happy with these potential changes and told Reuters that the legislation “will put users who buy digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy, make difficult to manage their purchases “. They also suggest that this will ultimately lead to lower user trust in the App Store, which in turn could affect nearly half a million registered developers in the country.
The implications will also be greater than South Korea, where it could also spur other countries to pass similar laws.