After India, Australia and Germany to probe Google’s ‘anti-competitive policies’: Report

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently fined Google a total of Rs 2,274 crore for “anti-competitive practices in relation to its Play Store policies” in the country. The antitrust watchdog is also preparing to impose another fine for its market dominance abuse on the smart TV market. Now it looks like the company has landed on a sticky wicket as Australian and German regulators are reportedly also looking at probing the company’s practices in respective markets.
“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) monitors enforcement action and regulatory developments in other jurisdictions in relation to digital platforms and takes these into account in undertaking its various enforcement and inquiry functions. ACCC is aware of and has been following recent action by the Competition Commission of India against Google,” a report by The Economic Times quoted a spokesperson as saying.
Germany’s national competition regulatory agency Federal Cartel Office reportedly says that it has “noted these decisions (by the CCI) with interest”.

Several reports have also suggested that Google is being probed by the US, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Australia and the European Commission for their app store policies.
CCI fines Google
On October 20, the CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1,337.76 crore on the search giant for “abuse of its dominant position in multiple markets through the Android operating system.” About a week later (October 25), the Indian watchdog imposed another penalty of Rs 936.44 crore on the company for flouting multiple provisions of the Competition Act.
The CCI termed Google making its in-house payment and billing system mandatory for paid apps and in-app purchases on its Play Store as anti-competitive. It also issued a cease-and-desist order on the company.
On the fines, Google has been regularly saying that its practices have been in compliance with all competition laws.

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