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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. CCI has also directed Google to cooperate in the ongoing probe. The case against Google has been before the CCI for over two years.
According to an official statement issued on Thursday, Google has been fined for failing to comply with the directions of the Director General (DG) seeking information and documents.
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A Google spokesperson said the company was "disappointed by the development. "While we are confident our products are compliant with competition law in India, we continue to cooperate fully with the CCI's extensive and ongoing investigation. We have not yet received this procedural order, but will review it fully once we have," the spokesperson said.
The DG, the investigation arm of the regulator, is probing a complaint filed by matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society against Google, alleging that it was abusing market power in the online search and advertising markets. "CCI also directed Google to cooperate with the investigations by furnishing such other information/documents which may be required by the DG during the course of further investigations," the statement issued by the ministry of corporate affairs said.