The Competition Competition Commission of India (CCI) – countries antitrust watchdog has imposed 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google indulging in practices of “search bias”.
“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 said in an order.
This fine is the end result of a probe first started by the watchdog in 2012 on complaints filed by matchmaking website Bharat Matrimony and a not-for-profit organization, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS).
The commission asserted that “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services”.
A Google spokesperson said the CCI’s concern is “narrow” and they are always working 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,” the spokesperson said.
The Commission for infringing antitrust conduct imposed a hefty amount – which was calculated as 5 percent of the average total revenue generated by the company from its Indian operations.