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Google removes paid Android apps from Taiwan

Google suspends app sales in Taiwan after being fined for selling apps in the Android Market there without offering a seven-day refund period, as local regulations dictate.

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Google has been fined for selling apps in the Android Market in Taiwan without offering a seven-day refund period, as local regulations dictate, and has responded by halting sales of apps in the country.

According to a statement from the Law and Regulation commission of Taipei City Government, the California company was fined NT$1 million (about $34,596) for failing to comply with Taiwan's consumer protection law. The law states that consumers should be given seven days to evaluate purchases and decide whether to request a refund. Google currently gives Android owners just 15 minutes to evaluate apps and request a refund.

"Taipei City Government cannot tolerate such blunt violation of law--which uses unfavorable standard contract terms to transfer consumers' right of demanding a refund to Google's mercy," Ching-Yuan Yeh, chairman of the Law and Regulation commission, said in the statement today.

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