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After CCI's ruling, Google pauses enforcement of in-app billing policy in India

App developers were previously expected to comply with the Play billing policy by 31 October 2022

November 01, 2022 / 09:33 AM IST
Representative image.

Representative image.

Google said on November 1 it has paused enforcement of its in-app billing system in India following a recent ruling of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). App developers were previously expected to comply with the Play billing policy by 31 October 2022.

On October 25, CCI directed the tech giant not to restrict app developers from using any third-party billing or payment processing services to purchase apps or for in-app billing on Google Play apart from a series of measures to modify the company's app payment policies that requires compliance within three months.

It also fined Google Rs 936.44 crore for abusing its dominant position with regard to its Play Store policies. The internet giant said it is evaluating the next steps, while noting that the model has "powered India's digital transformation" and expanded access for "hundreds of millions of Indians"

This is the competition watchdog's second such order against Google in as many weeks. On October 20, it imposed a penalty of Rs 1,337.76 crore on the Android maker for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android Mobile device ecosystem besides directing Google to modify its conduct with corrective measures.