Things are moving fast in the debate around how much app store owners (i.e. Apple and Google) should be forced to open up their systems – for example to allow app developers to use alternative payment systems. The latest development comes from South Korea, where a new bill passed by the National Assembly will do exactly that.
As the Wall Street Journal explained, once signed into law the bill will amend existing telecoms legislation to “prevent large app-market operators from requiring the use of their in-app purchasing systems” – while also banning them from “unreasonably delaying the approval of apps” or removing them from their stores.
Fortnite, Spotify and other companies who have been lobbying hard against Apple (and to a lesser extent Google) will be cheering the news. What isn’t known yet is how those two companies will respond in South Korea, and whether the news will throw more momentum behind calls for similar legislation elsewhere in the world.