What you need to know
- South Korea is changing its laws regarding App Store payments.
- Apple will no longer be allowed to make developers use in-app payments.
- The company has been asked for its compliance plans by mid-October.
South Korea has asked Apple and Google for their compliance plans for new laws that will dramatically change app store rules in the country.
According to the report enforcement ordinances will be drawn up in the next six months, with most of the law already having gone into effect. It will have a big impact on Apple's App Store, with the company no longer allowed to mandate that transactions go through its own in-app payments system.
At the time of passing, Apple told us that the law would put users who buy goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermining their privacy protections, make it more difficult to manage purchases, and make parental controls like 'Ask to Buy' less effective.
No details have been forthcoming about how Apple plans to comply or what exactly that might look like.
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