In a recent event, Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday fined the Google Rs 136.86 crore for abuse of its dominance and its search bias practices in India.
The monitor of healthy competition practices, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) India, has imposed a fine of almost Rs 135.86 crore on search engine giant Google, for taking advantage of its dominance and exhibiting a “search bias”.
This order comes in response to a complaint filed in 2012 by an Indian matchmaking website, Bharatmatrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) – back in 2012 – against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd, and Google Ireland Ltd.
“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI stated in its order. The commission claims that this decision comes after “thoughtful consideration” of submissions made by Google about the fine. The resulting penalty amounts to 5 percent of their average revenues from their India operations. For the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to the CCI order.
Anyway, the basic complaint against Google regarding search bias issue is that it operates it searching and its advertising services in a manner that causes harm to advertisers and directly or indirectly to its consumers. As well as it was alleged to be creating a discrimination by favoring its own services and its partners by manually manipulating its search results to provide benefits to its vertical partners.
On the search bias issues, a Google spokesperson said: “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.”
Google said it was “always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users”.
The fine equates to about 5% of Google’s average annual revenues in India – though the punishment will not hit the tech giant too hard.