Taiwan gives Google two weeks to amend Android refund policy

Taiwan gives Google two weeks to amend Android refund policy

Google has been given two weeks to amend its Android app refund policy by Taipei City government officials after the search giant’s policy counsel Kenneth Carter met with city figures to discuss the ongoing dispute on Thursday.

After receiving a warning from the government earlier in the month, Google suspended downloads of paid apps on the Android Market after it was fined Tw$1,000,000 (S$42,842) for not extending trial periods on its app downloads.

The city government said the two sides had a “full and extensive exchange of opinions” on the matter, with Google said to be thoroughly understanding of Taiwan’s Consumer Protection Act and rules requiring seven-day trial periods for online sales.

With the US set to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, officials decided to give Google until July 14 to consider government requirements and revise its terms on the Android Market to allow a full seven-day app trial.

Google may argue that an extended trial period could lead to increased piracy of eBooks and applications, making its decision a touch more difficult if it wants to protect developers too.

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