INDIA - Anti-Trust Watchdog Investigates Google

Arno Froese

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Alphabet Inc’s unit Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.

The precise details of the complaint against Google in India could not be determined, but sources have told Reuters it is on the exact same lines as the case filed against the company in Europe. 

In the EU case, regulators said Google forced manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store, on Android devices, giving it an unfair advantage. 

Google has appealed the order but, in a bid to quell EU antitrust concerns, said its Android device users in Europe would be able to choose rival browsers and search engines. Once a user downloads a rival search app, it also prompts them to change their default search engine in their Google Chrome browser, if they so wish. 

The Indian regulator has powers to impose a penalty of up to 10% of the relevant turnover of a company in the last three financial years if it is found to have abused its dominant position. In that case, Google’s earnings linked to its web browser and search engine could be considered to assess the fine, New Delhi-based antitrust lawyer Gautam Shahi said. 

The Indian investigation, however, is not the only antitrust trouble for the Mountain View, California-based company in its key market. 

Last year, the CCI imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees ($19.46 million) on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position. It also found Google had put its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page. 

-www.reuters.com, 10 May 2019

Arno's commentary

What we are hearing and reading about today is unprecedented in human history. Laws are being written to protect consumers, and in many cases, totally disregarding national boundaries or local ordinances. Europe, experts tell us, now has the strictest laws to protect consumers’ privacy. Quite obviously, those laws too will one day have to be re-written, altered, or totally replaced. This is just one of the fast-paced developments of technology the world over. India is on track, some experts say, to follow China as the world’s second largest economy. 

Here, in this case, India is investigating Google’s misuse of its popular position to block rivals. It stands to reason that this can only become reality when global laws are enforced. We don’t have to wait for some future time under the leadership of Antichrist; the path to true globalism is already well on its way.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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