Google Does It Again: Fined $21 Million By India For Search Bias

Google, it
seems, is finding it hard to resist the temptation to misuse its
near monopolistic hold in the search domain. After being fined for €2.42billion by the European Competition
Commission for favouring their own comparison shopping service,
the search giant has run into trouble with Indian authorities
this time.

Competition Commission of India, the watchdog of fair
competition in India, had found Google routing the
flight-related queries towards its own flight search service.
The CCI said the company has abused its dominant position on
three counts largely pertaining to search, in its 190-page
order on Thursday. This practice directly harms the competitors
(start-ups the most) and is unfair to the consumers as well.

A penalty of 5% of average revenue generated from India over
three years from FY12 to FY15, amounting to $21 million, has to
be deposited within 60 days. The penalty can increase up to 10%
as stipulated under the country’s competition laws. The
complaint was prompted by and Consumer Unity
& Trust Society (CUTS) in 2012 against Google LLC,
Google India Pvt. Ltd. and Google Ireland Ltd. for abusing its
dominant position to suppress the competition.

In response to CCI order, Google said: “The Competition
Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of
issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian
competition laws.”

The allegations of competition malpractices against Google has
been increasing of late and the startups which used to look up
to Google as The Platform are now
concerned. Google has revolutionised the information
access system globally. Its effort to evolve along with the
growing needs of the users is commendable, however, it is to be
seen that the giant does not stifle the growing entrepreneurs.
After all, power corrupts…

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