SEOUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) - South Korea's telecommunications
regulator on Tuesday said it plans to launch an investigation
into app store operators such as Apple Inc, Alphabet's
Google and One Store over suspected violations of
in-app payment law.
Last year, South Korea passed the law, an amendment to the
Telecommunications Business Act, which bans major app store
operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software
developers to use their payment systems.
The rules have been in effect since March.
The Korea Communications Commissions said in a statement it
had conducted an inspection since May 17 to determine whether
Google, Apple and One Store had violated the revised
Telecommunications Business Act. It determined that all three
app operators might have violated the rules.
The KCC added that it plans to take strict measures such as
correction orders or imposing fines if the probe finds barred
Barred acts include app market operators unfairly delaying
the review of mobile content, or refusing, delaying,
restricting, deleting, or blocking the registration, renewal, or
inspection of mobile content that uses third-party payment
Potential fines for infractions will go as high as 2% of the
average annual revenue from related business practices, the
(Reporting by Heekyong Yang; Editing by David Holmes)