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CCI Charges Google Its Second Penalty In A Week

The internet titan is accused of exploiting its dominating position through its restrictions. 

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced on October 25th that Google broke competition law by requiring paid apps and in-app purchases to use Google Payments Business Services (GPBS). 

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has issued a cease-and-desist order and a fine of ₹ 936.44 Crore to Google for abusing its dominant position concerning the policies of its Play Store. Moreover, the Commission ordered Google to change its behavior within a specific time frame.

The case includes Google's Play Store policies that require app developers to use Google Play's Billing System (GPBS) to receive payments for apps (and other digital products like audio, video, and games) distributed and sold through the Play Store. Also, certain in-app purchases are made by app users after downloading and purchasing the app from the Play Store.

App developers cannot connect users to a website with an alternative payment option or push them to buy digital items outside the app (anti-steering provisions). 

In a judgment announced on Tuesday, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) determined that Google's forced use of GPBS for commercial applications and in-app payments violates competition legislation. 

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) told Google to let app developers use third-party billing/payment processing providers for in-app and app purchases. In addition, Google has been told not to discriminate against applications utilizing third-party billing and payment processing providers.

Recently, on October 20th, Google was charged ₹1,337.76 crores by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for "abusing its dominant position" in the Android ecosystem. 

The Commission examined Google's licensing policies for Android and its mobile applications (like Google Search, Google Chrome, YouTube, and others) because these agreements helped Google monopolize the search business to the point that no other firms could compete.

In addition, they forbade Google from entering into revenue-sharing agreements with smartphone manufacturers. India's chief national competition regulator is the Competition Commission of India (CCI). It is a statutory organization within the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. 

It is in charge of upholding the Competition Act 2002, passed to encourage competition and halt actions that would significantly harm competition in India. If a matter has an adverse effect on competition. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) looks into it and conducts an investigation.

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