India’s competition regulator fines Google $21.1 million for ‘search bias’ in travel results

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However, the OneBox and other search practices were cleared by the Committee.

India’s Competition Commission (CCI) today fined Google $1.36 billion rupees (generally $21.1 million) for “mishandle of its predominant position” in search. The particular finding made by CCI (in a 4 to 2 choice) encompassed Google’s treatment of flight search results.

CCI said that Google “designated unbalanced land” to the case of supported flight results at the highest point of the page, which the Committee said impeded “verticals endeavoring to pick up showcase get to”:

CCI discovered noticeable show of Commercial Flight Unit by Google on Search Engine Result Page (SERP) with connection to Google’s specific search choices/administrations (Flight) in contradiction of the arrangements of Section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act. CCI noted in its request that Google through its search configuration has not just set its business flight unit at a conspicuous position on SERP, it has additionally dispensed unbalanced land thereof to such units to the drawback of verticals attempting to pick up advertise get to. In addition, it was additionally discovered that Google has given a further connection in such business units which drives clients to its particular search result page (Google Flight) coming about into out of line burden upon the clients of general search benefits also.

The punishment is the finish of a long procedure of survey, activated in 2012 by an underlying objection from and open intrigue advocate Consumer Unity and Trust Society.

The OneBox itself was not found to abuse India’s competition rules, as indicated by CCI (official statement). Other search and related issues were considered by CCI, including AdWords practices and conveyance assentions. Those were additionally not observed to be in contradiction of Indian law.

The fine itself depended on 5 percent of Google India incomes in the vicinity of 2013 and 2015. European antitrust standards, by correlation, now allow regulators to force fines in light of a level of worldwide incomes.