CCI rejects unfair trade practice complaint against Google

MUMBAI: Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected the allegations of unfair business practices against Google with respect to its advertising platform on 12 July.

CCI stated in the order that the internet major’s actions did not infringe provisions of the competition law. The order passed by four members of CCI concluded that there was no violation of competition norms by Google. However, CCI Chairperson D K Sikri passed a dissent note.

In 2014, complaints were filed against Google LLC, Google Ireland Ltd and Google India Pvt Ltd by Vishal Gupta and Albion InfoTel (informants). Both entities are into remote technology support business. It was alleged that Google indulged in anti-competitive practices with respect to its advertising platform AdWords.

For the case, CCI considered ‘Market for Online Search Advertising Services in India’ as the relevant one.

According to the regulator, Google’s AdWords policies protect the platform and the end-users, particularly, the vulnerable end-users. “… there is evidence on record showing that the informants’ conduct was likely to endanger end-users of remote tech services…,” the order said.

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