On Thursday, July 12, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) rejected allegations of unfair business practices made against Google with respect to its advertising platform, saying the internet major’s actions did not infringe on provisions of competition law.
In a majority order passed by four members, the CCI concluded that there was no violation of competition norms by Google. However, CCI Chairperson D.K. Sikri passed a dissent note.
For the case, the CCI considered as the revelant market that for “Online Search Advertising Services in India.” According to the regulator, Google’s AdWords policies protect the platform and the end-users, particularly, the vulnerable end-users. “… [T]here is evidence on record showing that the informants’ conduct was likely to endanger end-users of remote tech services…,” the order said.
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