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South Korea Passes 'Anti-Google Law'

Minjoo Jang and Crispian Wong of Access Partnership write the following in “First ‘Anti-Google Law’ Passed in South Korea—Who Regulates the Digital Gatekeepers?”:

On 14 September, 2021, the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act (TBA)—more affectionately termed the ‘Anti-Google Law’—were enforced in South Korea. The proposal to amend the TBA was introduced in July 2020, following Google’s decision to impose its own in-app payment system (beyond that used by other mobile game apps) to all digital content on its Play Store, effective October 2021. Despite delays in the legislative process due to a lack of support for the amendments from the opposition party, the ruling party pushed through with the proposed amendments, citing the promotion of fair competition among participants in the app marketplace and acknowledging the request of digital content creators and app developers. The passage of the ‘Anti-Google Law’ is expected to be a global benchmark, as other nations pursue similar moves.

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