Competition Commission orders fresh probe against Google

Tags: News
The Competition Commission has ordered a fresh probe against Internet major Google for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the online search advertising space.

The fair trade watchdog is already probing the Internet major for alleged anti-competitive business practices.

The latest order came on a complaint by one Vishal Gupta against Google Inc, Google Ireland Ltd and Google India Pvt Ltd alleging that Google Adwords accounts are extremely "opaque and not transparent."

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) also directed its Director General (DG) to investigate the role, if any, of persons who were in charge of, and were responsible to the companies for the conduct of their businesses, after giving due opportunity of hearing to such persons.

The AdWords programme, which allows Google to sell keywords to advertisers and display them in the form of short ads online, is a big money spinner for the company.

In an order released today, the Commission said that "Google's practices prima facie stem, to a large degree, from its undisputable dominance in the online search market."

"Therefore, Google's practices towards AdWords customers such as the RTS (remote technology support) firms in this case, need to be investigated," the watchdog added.

The order dated April 15 was released today.

In September 2012, the complainant's group of companies had resolved to set up an RTS business and an Adwords account was opened and activated on January 2013.

The complainant had alleged that several remote tech support companies, including his firm, had been suspended from the Adwords programme to promote Google's own activities in an unfair, discriminatory and uncompetitive manner.

According to the CCI, the investigation is required to determine the nature and extent of problems that prompted Google to take actions against the RTS industry and whether or not the termination of the Adwords account was legitimate.

Post new comment

E-mail ID will not be published
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Copy the characters (respecting upper/lower case) from the image.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • Govt can’t clamp down on voices that ask uneasy questions

    It has hardly been a peaceful annum for Greenpeace’s India arm that has been in and out of trouble over the last one year.

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

INTERVIEWS

Sarthak Raychaudhuri

vice-president, HR, Asia South Whirlpool of India

GV Nageswara Rao

MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life

Timothy Moe

Goldman Sachs

TODAY'S COLUMNS

Varun Dutt

<b>Risk Factor:</b> The blame game

In decision-making, the fundamental attribution error (FAE), also known as ...

Zehra Naqvi

Dignity of labour is dignity of life

M Rafi Khan, a retired police IG, used to ...

Gautam Gupta

Retailers have it tough, thanks to e-commerce

For the past few months our focus has been on ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture