South Korea is eliminating ActiveX

South Korea intends for South Korean business to remove 90 percent of ActiveX from the most popular websites operated by them by 2017.

It is difficult to get a clear definition of what ActiveX is exactly, but ActiveX is a form of a COM Object. ActiveX objects typically (always?) have a UI. They are used in web pages. Many ActiveX controls however require Windows and many have security issues.

In the late 1990s South Korea passed a law for e-commerce security that included a requirement to use ActiveX however its incompatibility has caused problems for customers trying to make purchases from South Korean businesses. The South Korean government is providing financial assistance for businesses to find and develop technology to replace ActiveX controls in South Korean business's web sites.


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