“South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said Sunday that it had ordered Google and Apple to revise unfair provisions, including the no-refund policy, in operating their mobile application stores,” Shin Ji-hye reports for The Korea Herald. “It is the first time that an antitrust body here has taken corrective action against international app store operators.”
“Following the FTC orders, the Google Play webstore will design a customer refund system based on Web developers’ refund polices. Apple’s iTunes app store will have to send a notice to users when it changes the terms in its contract,” Shin reports. “‘The FTC’s corrective orders will become benchmark cases for other countries, which face growing customer complaints over unfair provisions in contracts of mobile webstore operators,’ said Hwang Won-chul, head of the KFTC’s Adhesion Contract Division. ‘While Google will limit its response to the FTC to the domestic market, Apple said it would consider applying the revised contract terms globally,’ he added.”
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