Scrutiny of Google over potentially anti-competitive behaviour with its search-engine results has opened up in a new market: India. The Economic Times reported this weekend that the Competition Commission of India is investigating complaints by rival tech firms including Microsoft, Flipkart and MakeMyTrip, with Facebook also involved in the debate.
As elsewhere in the world, the complaints focus on whether Google is “rigging” its search results, at the expense of some of those other companies – with the CCI able to levy a fine of up to 10% of Google’s income. “We continue to work closely with the CCI and remain confident that we comply fully with India’s competition laws,” said Google’s spokesperson. CCI’s investigation follows a similar debate in Europe, where the EC is preparing to lock horns with the company over similar issues.