- The Competition Commission of India(CCI) has ordered an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals.
- This investigation has been ordered after European Commission had fined Google on a similar complaint.
- The European Commission found that Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser together with its Google Play app store on Android devices.
- Last year,CCI had also imposed a fine of $19.46 million on Google for search bias and abuse of its dominant position.It found that Google had put its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page.
- Competition Commission of India is a statutory body of the Government of India established in 2003.It is responsible for enforcing Competition Act,2002 throughout India and to prevent activities that have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India.
- CCI consists of a Chairperson and 6 Members appointed by the Central Government.The Competition Act,2002 was amended in 2007.It follows the philosophy of modern competition laws.
- The act prohibits (a)anti-competitive agreements (b)abuse of dominant position by enterprises and (c)regulates combinations (acquisition, acquiring of control and mergers and acquisitions) which causes or likely to cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition within India.
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