CCI fines Google Rs 1,338 for Android manipulations

India’s Competition Commission (ICC) has fined tech giant Google Rs 1,338 crore for abusing its dominant position in several markets with its Android mobile operating system. The CCI action was based on information provided by Umar Javeed and Sukarma, both researchers at CC,I and Umar’s younger brother, Aaqib, who was a law student at the University of Kashmir.

The information was submitted to the ICC, the country’s antitrust authority, in August 2018.

CCI originally fined Google Rs136 crore in 2018 for abusing its dominant position in online search and web advertising.

While imposing the second fine, of a whopping Rs1,338 crore, the ICC offered ten measures for Google, including that Android device makers should not be forced to pre-install its services and that Google will not prevent users to uninstall its preinstalled apps, according to the report.

The latest and third fine of around Rs36 crore was imposed on October 25, for abuse of dominant position in the App Store market.

According to Sukarma, under India’s competition law, individuals do not file complaints or cases with the ICC, but only submit “information”.

After reviewing this information submitted by the trio, the ICC launched an investigation in April 2019 into Google’s conduct in the Android mobile device ecosystem, which ultimately resulted in the ICC’s judgment and fine on October 20. .

In its response, Google said it would review the competition watchdog’s decision. “CCI’s decision is a major setback for Indian consumers and businesses, opening up serious security risks for Indians and increasing the cost of mobile devices for Indians,” he said.

The trio had followed the files related to Google in Europe. The European Commission, the EU’s competition watchdog, in July 2018 imposed a colossal €4.34 billion fine on Google for breaching EU antitrust rules.

While Android held a major market share in the Indian mobile market, Indian consumers are generally unaware of digital marketing manipulations and tend to ignore such issues.