Google faces more regulatory woes, this time in India

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CCI and 30 Indian companies accuse Google of rigging search results; find out the other side of the story!.

Last year a European court discovered a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet, allowing Europeans to demand that search engines remove links in search results to news stories and other accurate information that these people don’t want discovered.Google is being investigated by the Competition Commision of India (CCI) after several major companies accused the search engine giant of rigging its search results. If proven true, the company could be fined 10% of its income, which, in case of Google, could amount to $1.4 billion, as Google posted a net income of $14 billion in 2014. Unless the Obama administration can rouse itself to intervene to protect an open Internet, Google GOOG -1.13 % could soon have to start deleting search results in the U.S., making the Internet inaccurate for Americans, too.

The CCI is investigating Google due to complaints made by over 30 companies, which include Bharat Matrimony, Flipkart, Facebook, MakeMyTrip, and Nokia’s maps division. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, ecommerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director-general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links. The court said the articles violated his privacy, even though the accounts were true, and ordered search engines to delist links that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive.” This isn’t about privacy—it’s about hiding.

After accusing Google of ambushing Zomato’s search results, Goyal added in a subsequent tweet that a senior Google executive told him that such practices were not within Google guidelines. Google needs to file its response to the findings by September 10, and a week later present itself before the seven-member commission headed by Chairman Ashok Chawla. Over 15 courts and authorities, including many across Europe, have reviewed our AdWords policies and enforcement practices and acknowledged that these are intended to safeguard the interests of users and customers.” Early last year, the Competition Commission of India had imposed a Rs 1 lakh fine on Google. Google had expressed its disappointment in the developments and stated, “While we are confident that our products are compliant with Competition laws in India, we continue to cooperate fully with the CCI’s extensive and ongoing investigation.” Previously, it was reported that email correspondence between Google and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) allegedly showed the company allegedly rallying against net neutrality in India.

For now, Google has denied any wrongdoing on its part in influencing, rigging or modifying search results, claiming it has been under stringent scrutiny the world over and has been cleared by national courts in several countries. BBC news articles suppressed by Google in Europe include reports of convictions of rapists, schoolteachers fired for having sex with students and business commentary during the credit crisis critical of Merrill Lynch. Google recently informed British newspapers that it had been obliged to remove stories about a shoplifting when the perpetrator asked to be forgotten.

The open Internet was built on American exceptionalism favoring free speech and permissionless innovation, not censorship and search algorithms vetted by lawyers.

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