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On 8 February 2018, the Indian antitrust regulator – the Competition Commission of India (the ​CCI​) – issued an order imposing a fine of INR 1.3 billion (approximately USD 21 million) on Google for abusing its dominant position in the online general web search services and online search advertising services markets in India. This concluded a six-year long investigation by the CCI into Google’s business practices. As part of the investigation, Google was also penalised for not co-operating with the Director General, which is the CCI’s investigative arm, in the investigation process. The CCI’s order is in line with the global trend of greater scrutiny by competition regulators into the business practices of large technology companies / digital platforms such as Google and Facebook and comes on the back of the European Commission’s record Euro 2.4 billion fine last year on Google for abusing its dominant position in the search engine market.

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