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CCI imposes Rs 136 crore penalty on Google for search bias

09-February-2018
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CCI imposes Rs 136 crore penalty on Google for search bias

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a Rs 136 crore fine on technology giant Google for infringing anti-trust conduct and misusing its dominant position.

Passing the order on complaints that were filed back in 2012, the regulator said the penalty is being imposed on Google for “infringing anti-trust conduct." Globally, this is one of the rare cases where Google has been penalized for unfair business practices.

The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore translates to 5 per cent of the company’s average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to the CCI order.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it has given thoughtful consideration on the submissions made by Google on issue of penalty and found it appropriate to impose a fine.
The ruling has come on complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) -- back in 2012 -- against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd.
A Google spokesperson said the regulator has found that the company’s conduct on the majority of issues examined were in compliance with Indian laws.
“We have always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users. The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws. We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps,” said the spokesperson.

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