South Korean regulator: Google’s restrictions on ‘out-link’ payments violate app payment laws

Google will not be able to punish South Korean app developers for offering payment workarounds, Jiemei reported, citing the Wall Street Journal.Google Maps had previously made a policy change that prevented app developers from offering in-app links to external websites to buy digital goods, a payment method known as “out-link” that bypassed Google’s own fees.The company recently said that developers who provide external links will not be able to update their apps starting this month and may be removed from the Google Play Store by June 1.In legal guidance issued Tuesday, the Korea Communications Commission said that forcing apps to use a specific payment method without offering alternatives violates South Korea’s app Payment law, the first of its kind in the world.

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