rights body CUTS takes Google to competition panel
Business Line, June 14, 2012
activist Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) has filed a
complaint against search engine Google with the Competition
Commission of India for abuse of dominant position and
The complaint by CUTS
comes shortly after matchmaking site BharatMatrimony took Google
to the competition watchdog on similar lines.
“Our complaint is
intended to investigate whether Google has been using its market
power in search engines and online advertising to affect growth of
Indian search market,” Mr Pradeep Mehta, Secretary-General, CUTS
told Business Line.
Abuse of position
CUTS filed a complaint
on June 6 alleging violation of Sections 3 and 4 of the
Competition Act, 2002, which deal with anti-competitive agreements
and abuse of dominant position.
The matrimonial site
had complained to the CCI that the search engine had abused its
dominance by engaging in discriminatory and retaliatory practices
relating to AdWords. CCI is probing the matter for discriminatory
In its Preliminary
Information Report (PIL) submitted to the competition watchdog,
CUTS said that being a neutral party with the objective to protect
consumers interest, it had wanted to ensure that the markets
remain competitive and benefit consumers.
Large number of cases
Mr Mehta said that
globally too a large number of cases on abuse of dominant position
is being investigated against Google.
According to reports,
in 2011, the advertising segment comprised 96 per cent of Google's
The AdWords programme
is Google's main source of revenue, whereby it sells keywords to
advertisers and displays them in the form of ads online.
This news item can also be viewed at: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/