Users Want Rid of ActiveX for Online Transactions

Eight out of 10 Koreans want to end the requirement to install Microsoft's buggy and invasive ActiveX framework for online financial transactions.

In Korea, ActiveX needs to be installed for electronic certification of online banking, a practice singled out for urgent deregulation in a meeting chaired by President Park Geun-hye last week.

The big business lobby Federation of Korean Industries on Sunday said a survey of 700 people showed 78.6 percent favored scrapping the ActiveX requirement. And 88 percent of respondents said they had experienced problems due to ActiveX.

They said it is a hassle to install ActiveX on their computers every time they purchase products on the Internet (79 percent of respondents), conduct online financial transactions (72 percent), sign up for websites (38 percent) or file their annual tax returns (27 percent).

Yoo Hwan-ik at the FKI said, "Scrapping the ActiveX requirement could help offset Korea's international electronic commerce trade deficit."

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 24, 2014 11:51 KST