South Korean users file police complaint against Google CEO Sundar Pichai | Technology News

New Delhi: A coalition of shoppers on Friday filed a police case against Google`s high executives, together with CEO Sundar Pichai, for the tech large`s in-app billing system that forces home app builders to pay hefty commissions.

According to The Korea Times, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty (CUCS) has filed a complaint against Pichai, Google Korea CEO Nancy Mable Walker and Google Asia-Pacific President Scott Beaumont at Gangnam Police Station in Seoul for allegedly violating the nation`s Telecommunications Business Act.

“The enforcement of Google`s in-app cost coverage has raised prices, burdening shoppers and damaging creators,” a consultant from the buyer group was quoted as saying.

“App builders don’t have any selection however to just accept the request from Google, which accounts for 74.6 per cent of the app retailer market share,” the consultant added.

South Korean firms have raised costs for paid content material companies on Google because the US tech large prepares to take away apps with exterior cost hyperlinks circumventing Google`s in-app cost system.

Google began imposing the controversial billing system in Korea from June 1.

Currently, many app builders on Google`s Play retailer directed users to exterior hyperlinks for cost to bypass Google`s billing coverage, which takes a hefty 15-30 % fee from in-app purchases, studies Yonhap News Agency.

In March, South Korea`s Cabinet accepted a revised invoice that may ban app retailer operators from forcing builders to make use of their very own in-app cost programs.

Still, Google required in April all app builders promoting digital items and companies to make use of its billing system and to take away exterior cost hyperlinks. Non-complying apps weren’t capable of provide updates, and Google warned to take away such apps from the Play retailer on June 1.

Since Google`s announcement, in-app costs for a wide selection of content material companies, together with webtoons and digital books, have seen 15-20 per cent hikes on the Play retailer up to now two months.

 

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