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THE INVESTOR
May 25, 2019
Big Reunion

Mobile & Internet

S. Korea asks Google to change some of its terms of service

  • PUBLISHED :March 14, 2019 - 15:34
  • UPDATED :March 14, 2019 - 15:34
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South Korea’s antitrust regulator said on March 14 it has urged US internet giant Google to make changes in some of its terms of service.

The Fair Trade Commission said Google should inform its users individually of changes to its terms of service if the changes are serious in nature or are detrimental to users.


The watchdog also took issue with Google’s stipulation that users should look at the terms regularly. It said it is unfair that Google’s changes to terms of service will be effective immediately as it cannot be sure that changes addressing new functions for a service or changes made for legal reasons will be in users‘ favor.

Other matters that the commission disagreed with included users’ comprehensive granting of a transferable license with the right to sub-license to YouTube, a global video streaming service owned by Google.

Google has told the commission that it is willing to cooperate with the recommendations, according to an FTC official handling the issue.

  The search giant is required to act on the recommendations within 60 days of receiving notification.

By Ram Garikipati and newswires (ram@heraldcorp.com)

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