Ending dominance

Source– The post is based on the article “Ending dominance” published in The Hindu on 26th October 2022.

Syllabus: GS3- Science and Technology. GS2- Regulatory bodies

Relevance– Regulation of digital ecosystem

News- Recently, an order was passed by Competition Commission of India against use of anti-competitive practices by Google to maintain its dominance.

What are the main observations of the order?

It imposed a penalty of 1337 crore on Google for abusing its dominant position in the Android mobile device market.

It criticised Google for restrictive clauses in its agreement with original equipment manufacturers.

The court observed that through these agreements Google ensured that users continue to use its search services on mobile devices. It is against the competition in the market.

The regulator directed to Google that it can not force original equipment manufacturers to choose from its app for installation on their devices. Installing them can not be a precondition for licensing of its Play Store.

Users can not be restricted from uninstalling its pre-installed apps.

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