Google Faces Anti-Trust Probes In India And Four Other Jurisdictions

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Washington: Internet major Google is facing probes by fair trade regulators in India, Europe and three other jurisdictions for alleged anti-competitive practices.

Competition authorities in Argentina, Brazil and Taiwan have also opened investigations into certain aspects of Google's business, according to the company.

Fair trade watchdogs have the mandate to keep a check on anti-competitive business practices across sectors.

"The Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia in Argentina, the Competition Commission of India, the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and Brazil's Council for Economic Defense have also opened investigations into certain of our business practices," the company said in a recent regulatory filing.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) began its probe in August last year.

In India, Google accounts for over 90 per cent of the Internet search market.

"As far as I recall, the allegation or the complaint was that their (Google) search engine is such that it is discriminatory and it favors the platforms which Google wants to support.

"That is when you click on Google under a certain category, you will get the platforms where there is a tendency to put them in a certain order which may not be the fair and non-discriminatory manner.

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Source: PTI
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