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Apple, Google’s App Stores’ Payment Policies Among Those Under Scanner of New Investigation by South Korean Telecom Regulator

The KCC, South Korea’s telecom operator, has taken issue with Apple, Google, One Store over potentially violating the country’s in-app payments law

The South Korean telecom regulator is launching an investigation into Apple, Google, and One Store over alleged violations of its in-app payments law on their app stores, reported Reuters.  Why it matters: The KCC investigation is one among many globally questioning the market dominance of large app store operators—who generate billions in revenue from in-app payment policies. Just last week, French iOS developers took Apple to Federal Court for its allegedly anti-competitive App Store policies—the lawsuit also named Google’s Play Store for disadvantaging Android developers.  The Korean Communication Commission (KCC), which reportedly began inspecting the stores on May 17th, suspects all three players may have violated provisions of the amended Telecommunications Business Act. While the KCC hasn’t indicated the seriousness of the violations, the regulator is likely to take ‘strict measures’ if they prove to be true. Infractions can invite…

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