Google may face USD 5bn penalty in India over anti-competitive tactics
Search giant Google could be slapped a fine of 5 billion dollars in India if it is found guilty of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour in Internet search and advertising.
The Competition Commission of India launched a two-year old probe to investigate if the company abused its dominant position, based on complaints from an advocacy group, CUTS International and a local matrimony website.
According to Tech Crunch, in a 2012 research paper, the CCI said that it had already found evidence that Google had abused its dominant market position by being discriminatory in allotting keywords to matrimonial site Bharatmatrimony.com.
The CCI said in its paper that the focus of their probe was on Ad Words, Google's flagship advertising product and main source of revenue.
A Google India spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the CCI in the investigation.
The report said that the search giant settled a decade-long antitrust investigation with the European Commission in February and even avoided potential penalty worth 5 billion dollars or any restructuring of the company's businesses.
(Posted on 10-03-2014)