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Google Runs Afoul Of Taiwanese Consumer Protection Laws

Google has run into problems with a Taiwanese law that forces software vendors to offer a seven-day trial policy for any software or application downloaded online.

According to technology website Ars Technica, a consumer protection law in Taiwan forces global software vendors to offer their customers in the country software for seven days trial before purchasing it on Internet. However, according to the authorities, Google was found violating the law.

When Google refused to follow the policy, Taiwan authorities charged the company with a fine of $35,000. In order to show its resentment, Google has suspended sale of applications for the users of Android-based smartphones and computer tablets in Taiwan.

Google initially offered a day long trial offer to its Android users which was eventually reduced to only 15 minutes after the purchase is made. The change in policy was made on requests of its Android-based application developers who feared misuse of the software-trial policy.

“The difficulty of navigating and complying with regional legal obligations is one of the reasons why Google's Android Market isn't fully supported yet in every country,” reads the website.

Google may send a delegation to discuss the trial policy issue in the capital city of Taiwan.