Apple now requires developers’ full contact details to be shown in Korean App Store

Logging on to iTunes Connect to upload a new version of an iOS app now shows a new section within "Contact Details" for an app.

According to Apple, "to offer your app on the Korean App Store, you must provide additional information that will be displayed alongside your app. Note that this information will only appear in the Korean App Store."

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In particular you must give a full name, postal address, phone number and email address for you or your "trade rep", and these will be shown on your App Store listing in Korea.

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Understandably developers, particularly one-man shops may have concerns about this. Previously it was necessary to provide a phone number but this was only visible to Apple, while showing developer's full addresses raises some privacy concerns. The fields are opt-in but Apple implies your apps will not be shown to users in Korea unless you provide the new contact details.

Matt Mayer

Matt Mayer is a founder at ReignDesign. Matt is from the UK and has been based in Shanghai since 2006

19 comments

  1. pretty…… weird. Sure, everyone wants their app to reach more people, but as an indie I could potentially get spammed on my mobile… by someone speaking Korean.. ugh.

  2. These policy has serious problem:
    – Student Developer under 18 cannot upload any kind of app. These action is tax evasion.
    – Student Developer can cancelled scholarship (because student has own business)
    – Developer in Private Company can fired in company (because developer ignored duty of good faith)

    I guarantee these action will be advertised by kor goverment as discovering black market.

    We are not criminal.

  3. It’s pretty interesting that this came out of nowhere, and there is no real explanation to developers – as to why this point has suddenly come up relating to Korea.

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the Apple -Samsung patent suits and Obama’s latest actions this October upholding trade sanctions against certain Samsung products.

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  5. Hello from South Korea. I’ve just read a newspaper article stating about this issue: (written in Korean though) http://www.dt.co.kr/contents.html?article_no=2013102102019931759004

    It says that According to one anonymous officer from South Korea’s government department, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, claimed that government asked Apple to get such personal information from developers, because South Korea’s law regarding e-commerce force market provider to display seller’s private information to the customers.

    In fact, at the same day you posted about this “contact details” issue, all South Korea developers are asked to provide “business corporation registration number” to apple. But after one day, Apple just removed such request.

    So I’m curious whether same removing applied to this “contact details” issue or not.

    Are they still asking such information, or it is now removed? Could you please check it? Since I’m not a foreign citizen, I have no idea how to check it as a foreign citizen.

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Just an FYI but a couple days after they added this Korean Trade Name requirement in iTunes Connect, they removed it so it is no longer there.

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