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CCI imposes Rs 936.44 crore fine on Google for abusing its dominance on Play Store policies

This penalty comes on the heels of CCI imposing a fine of Rs 1,337.76 crore on Google for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android Mobile device ecosystem on October 20.

October 25, 2022 / 09:04 PM IST
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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Google Rs 936.44 crore on October 25 for abusing its dominant position with regard to its Play Store policies, in addition to issuing a cease-and-desist order.

It has 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 within three months.

This is the competition watchdog's second such penalty in as many weeks. On October 20, it fined the tech giant Rs 1,337.76 crore for abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android Mobile device ecosystem.

At the time, Google had stated that this decision is a "major setback for Indian consumers and businesses" and they will review the decision to evaluate the next steps. It is yet to respond to CCI's latest order.