CCI Fines Google $113 Million in Second Antitrust Penalty This Month

CCI  Fines Google $113 Million in Second Antitrust Penalty This Month
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Last Thursday, the company was fined $162 million for anti-competitive practices in the promotion of its products. On Tuesday, October 25, it was fined for abusing its dominant position in the Play Store.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) told Google to pay 9.36 billion rupees ($113.5 million) and to allow Android app developers to use third-party payment systems for app and in-app purchases. Other than the fine, Google was asked to adopt 8 remedies or operations adjustments within three months.

The antitrust agency said Google's requirement for Play Store developers to use its billing system “constitutes an imposition of unfair condition.” In a statement, the agency stressed that the sale of in-app digital goods is a key means for developers to monetize their work.

In addition to paying the fine, the company was also ordered to take eight steps within three months to eliminate violations of the law

The Competition Commission also stated that Google must have a clear and transparent data collection policy; the company will not be allowed to use "competitively relevant transaction/consumer data of apps generated and acquired" through the Google Play Billing System to its competitive advantage.

Source: Engadget

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