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Comment: App-marketplace bill gets caught up in South Korea's regulatory turf war

By Wooyoung Lee and Jenny Lee
  • 11 Aug 2021 03:26
  • 11 Aug 2021 03:26
South Korea’s lawmakers are a simple-majority vote away from making global history.

If adopted in its current form, a bill designed to stop Google using its billing system for in-app purchases could become the world’s first law to bar app-market operators from compelling developers to adopt their in-app payment systems.

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Wooyoung Lee

Correspondent, Seoul

Wooyoung Lee is a correspondent based in MLex’s Seoul office, South Korea, covering antitrust, privacy and data security, mergers and acquisitions and financial services. Wooyoung has more than a decade of experience in journalism, public policy and research. She has worked and written for news outlets including The Korea Herald, Al Jazeera International, Bloomberg BNA, Monocle, among others.

Jenny Lee


Jenny joined MLex’s Seoul bureau in 2021 as a correspondent focusing on competition law and data privacy and security. Jenny received a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s renowned Medill School of Journalism and worked for a number of news organizations in the US, including the Associated Press Television News, McClatchy and Voice of America, where she worked for almost three years in Washington DC. She returned to her native South Korea in 2019 as a reporter for Wired Korea.

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