SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) Wednesday decided in favor of a new revision to the Telecommunications Business Act that will soon allow consumers to delete pre-installed applications that come with new smartphones.
The revision will prohibit acts that block users from erasing software that are not essential to the general functions of wireless communications devices, as well as restricting the installation of other software, said the KCC.
Currently, the majority of smartphones in the market come with pre-installed apps from either the manufacturer or the service provider that users can’t remove. The circumstances have been criticized for not only causing consumer inconvenience, but also for creating an unfair business environment for domestic startups and app developers.
The Ministry of Government Legislation will be reviewing the revision, and although discussions regarding the standards for pre-installed apps and other technical issues have yet to be held, the revision is expected to be implemented by November, an official said, adding, “(The new legislation) will help ease consumer inconvenience and discrimination, as well as broaden the options available for smartphone users.”
This is the second time that the Korean government has made attempts at restricting pre-installed software.
In 2014, the government set out guidelines for pre-installed applications in coordination with domestic mobile carriers and smartphone manufacturers. However, the program hasn’t been successful given that the instructions only urged voluntary participation.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)