Government preparing to take action against Google

Government preparing to take action against Google: Rajeev Chandrasekhar said- CCI's finding 'serious' in case of anti-competitive practices, will take action

May 20, 2023 - 11:52
Government preparing to take action against Google

The Government of India is planning to take action against Google in the matter of anti-competitive practices. In an interview with news agency Reuters, Federal Deputy Minister for Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has given this information. Last year, the antitrust watchdog found that Google had abused its market position. Google was also fined $275 million in two cases.
Federal Deputy Minister for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said such findings are "serious" and cause "deep concern" for the Indian government. That's why she will take action against Google. Chandrashekhar said that 'the ministry will have to take action. We have thought about it. You will see it in the coming weeks. The minister declined to specify what kind of policy or regulatory action the government might take.
Chandrasekhar said that this issue is not only for us but is worrying for the entire digital ecosystem in India. However, Google has not responded to Chandrasekhar's comment. Asked whether he has held talks with Google on the issue, Chandrasekhar said there was no need for any discussion. Chandrasekhar's statement came amid growing tension between Indian companies and Google.
Google had reached the Supreme Court a few months ago against the penalty imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for abusing its supremacy on the Google Play Store. A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud had said, the CCI report did not find any flaws, hence the fine is correct. CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1,337 crore for abusing its supremacy on the Google Play Store.
After not getting relief from the Supreme Court, Google said, 'We are reviewing the decision. Android has greatly benefited Indian users, developers, and OEMs and has played a significant role in India's digital transformation. We will cooperate with CCI.

2 ways of Google's business were considered wrong by CCI-
1. Pressure to make Google Pay the default payment system of every app: - Google had pressurized every app published on its Play Store to make every payment related to the app through Google's payment platform Google Pay. Process it. This should be done through every In-app Purchase of Google Pay. App publishers objected to this.
CCI also agreed that this pressure is wrong. Due to this, app publishers are unable to tie up with other payment platforms despite getting better deals. Also, it was considered a means of suppressing the rest of the payment platforms wrongly and creating a monopoly in the market.

2. Mandatory bundling of Google's apps on Android:- Google's Android mobile operating system is the most widely used mobile OS in the world. Google had forced phone makers to include Google's apps (Google Search, YouTube, Chrome, etc.) as default in every new phone.
They are allowed to use Android only on this condition. CCI considered this also wrong. This was creating a monopoly of Google's apps on Android phones. For companies like Samsung who also give their search engines to the users, this condition was increasing the difficulties.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer