The Indian Competition Authority fines a global tech company for abuse of dominance in the market for online search and related advertising services (Matrimony.com / Consumer Unity & Trust Society / Google)

CCI imposes penalty of INR 136 Crores on Google for abuse of dominant position* The Indian anti-trust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI/ Commission”) seems to have let Google off with just a rap on the knuckles. CCI vide order dated February 8, 2018 has imposed a penalty of INR 135.86 Crores (approx. USD 21 million) for abusing its dominant position in the market for “online general web search and web search advertising services” in India. While the European Union's anti-trust regulator, the European Commission (EC) fined the online search giant $2.7 billion for a similar infraction, the CCI’s fine of mere Rs 136 crore (5 per cent of Google's India turnover) is widely seen as a mild one and media reports blame CCI having gone easy on the company since the CCI’s

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Man Mohan Sharma, The Indian Competition Authority fines a global tech company for abuse of dominance in the market for online search and related advertising services (Matrimony.com / Consumer Unity & Trust Society / Google), 8 February 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2018, Art. N° 87477

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