Apple clashed with South Korea on Friday because it stopped new requirements forcing developers to use its payment system, and government officials warned that an investigation into the compliance of the iPhone maker might be conducted.

South Korea revised the Telecommunications Law in August to try to curb the dominance of technology giants and prevent large store operators such as Apple and Google from charging commissions for in-app purchases.

An official in charge of the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) told Reuters that the law took effect last month, but Apple has told the South Korean government that it has complied with it and does not need to change its store policy.

“This goes against the purpose of the revised law,” the official said, as KCC is still negotiating with Apple on compliance, he requested anonymity.

The regulator will require Apple’s South Korean department to formulate a new company policy that grants greater autonomy in payment methods. If Apple fails to comply, it will consider taking measures such as fact-finding as possible fines or other penalties. Precursor.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

KCC officials said that Google has notified KCC that it plans to comply with the law, including allowing third-party payment systems, and will discuss the matter with regulators starting next week.

Google did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Jung Jong-chae, a lawyer who specializes in antitrust matters, said that Apple loses more than Google in Korean supervision.

“The difference between Apple and Google’s willingness to compromise may be because Apple everything from the hardware to the operating system (OS) to the application market to the payment system,” he told Reuters.

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“If (Apple’s) dominance in any area is broken, it will lose more, which may lead to demands for openness in other areas.”

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