Google India files appeal against antitrust watchdog over 'search bias' verdict

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The landmark judgement by the CCI in February had found Google guilty of abusing its dominance in online search and web advertising and had levied a fine of Rs 1.36 billion, or 5 per cent of its revenues in India.

Internet search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against a judgement by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the United States firm guilty of "search bias".

Google, which is the core unit for Alphabet, based in the USA, has not responded to requests made for comment.

"This order is significant as the CCI recognises that Google is the gatekeeper to the internet and has a special responsibility to ensure a level playing field", he said. "We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps". It noted the order indicated that on the majority of issues the CCI examined, Google's conduct complied with Indian competition laws.

An official with the CCI said the judgement that the commission handed down, was a robust one and that it is planning to defend that verdict with the NCLAT.

Since Google has appealed the judgement, it could be until sometime in 2018 before the final outcome its determined.

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It said that the prominent display and placement of commercial Flight Unit with link to Google's specialised Flight search service was unfair imposition and deprived users of additional choices.

Search bias refers to the propensity for a search engine to favour certain websites over others in response to user queries, due to biases in their search algorithms or other factors.

The European Commission in 2017 imposed record-breaking fine of €2.4 billion equal to $3 billion on Google for its favoring of its own shopping services while demoting those of its rivals.

The appeal filed by Matrimony.com will be the latest anti-trust headache for Google, which remains mired in similar cases elsewhere in the world.

Google has filed the appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

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