According to news on the evening of May 19, Beijing time, Indian Deputy Minister of Information Technology Rajiv Chandra Seka (Rajeev Chandrasekhar) said today that the Indian government plans to take action against Google's monopoly behavior in the coming weeks.
Last October, the Competition Commission (CCI), India's antitrust regulator, fined Google $275 million in two antitrust cases.
In one of the cases, CCI fined Google $160 million for abusing its Android ecosystem. In another case, Google was accused of abusing its dominant position in the app store market to promote its own payment system. For this, CCI fined Google an additional $115 million.
In this regard, Chandra Seka said in an interview with the media today that Google's actions are "very serious" and have aroused the "deep concern" of the Indian federal government. To this end, the federal government will take its own action against Google.
"the Ministry of Information Technology must take action," Chandra Seka said. We have thought about it carefully and will make it public in the next few weeks. In short, we will not ignore it. "
But Chandra Seka did not say what kind of policy or regulatory action would be taken. "these issues are worrying, not only for us, but also for India's digital ecosystem as a whole," Chandra Seka said. "
Google has yet to comment.
In addition to technology giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon, Indian regulators are also investigating potential anti-competitive behaviour. Chandra Seka said the government is keen to take measures to ensure that India's digital economy is protected.
"We do not want the development of these enterprises to distort consumers' choice or free competition," he said. We will certainly assess what the government should do to prevent anyone from abusing its market dominance, including but not limited to Google. "