Apple to loosen rules on App Store payments in South Korea, report says

The change comes after South Korea passed a law clamping down on how mobile app stores operate.

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Apple will reportedly allow alternative payment systems on its App Store in South Korea as part of a move to comply with new regulations in the country. On Tuesday, the Korea Communications Commission said Apple had submitted plans for the change, according to reports from The Korea Herald and Reuters

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told Reuters it looks "forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users."

Last year, South Korea passed a law that prohibits tech giants like Google and Apple from requiring developers to use their in-app purchase systems. It also prevents app store operators from unreasonably delaying approval of apps or deleting already approved ones.

Google in November said it would allow Android app developers to add an alternative in-app billing system for people in the country for both mobile and tablet apps.

Representatives for the KCC couldn't immediately be reached for comment.