The Indian Competition Authority opens investigation into Big Tech company’s alleged exclusivity in digital payment services (Google UPI)

On November 09, 2020 the Competition Commission of India [1] (hereinafter CCI) directed the Director General (hereinafter ‘DG’) to investigate digital payment services offered by Google, under section 26(1) of the Competition Act, 2002 (hereinafter ‘Act’). The allegations levied by the Informant [2] were the contravention of section 4(2) of the Act that is abuse of dominance. This article discusses those alleged violations against which DG investigation is ordered to be opened such as exclusively privileging Google Pay for purchasing applications and for In-App Purchases (IAPS), and Google discriminating against third party Apps by critically positioning its payment app on Play Store. The Informant claimed confidentiality under Regulation 35 of the Competition Commission of India

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  • Indian Competition Commission (New Delhi)
  • Indian Competition Commission (New Delhi)

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Ayush Arora, Ritika Jain, The Indian Competition Authority opens investigation into Big Tech company’s alleged exclusivity in digital payment services (Google UPI), 9 November 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 101761

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