Something About Google
August 15, 2012 17 Comments
Its hard to do business today without coming in touch with Google .I will be the first to say I have benefited enormously from its numerous free services.However,Google is huge and talks down from towering heights. And the situation is made worse by the fact that there are few viable alternatives.So willy nilly it becomes a situation of play by Google’s rules or stay away with few alternatives. Conversations with Google are indeed one way and their vision is of a pyramidal world not a flat one.
I am following the developments below,as reported in the ET, with a great interest.What about you?What do you think about these developments?How has your experience with Google been?Do you like doing business with them?What alternatives have you found?How satisfied are you?
Competition panel CCI investigates Google’s ‘monopoly’ in India
BANGALORE: India is investigating whether online search engine giant Google has adopted anti-competitive and discriminatory practices in India, where its services are used by over 100 million users.
The investigation by Competition Commission of India is based on complaints that the California-based firm is abusing its position as a market leader in the Indian online search space.
On Monday, India’s minister of state for corporate affairs RPN Singh revealed in Parliament, in response to a question, that CCI — the “quasi-judicial regulator body — has ordered an investigation” into market practices of Google, which has over 95% share in internet search, to see if the firm is violating India’s Competition Act, 2002.
The investigation, the minister said, was triggered by advocacy group Consumers Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), which claimed that Google was abusing its monopoly position.
A Google India spokeswoman said that it would fully cooperate with CCI in the investigation and that it believes its practices are fully compliant with the Indian laws.
“Though competition is always a click away, we understand that with success comes scrutiny . We’re always happy to answer questions about our business and are extending our full co-operation to CCI. We are confident that our products are compliant with competition law in India ,” Google said in an emailed statement.
A CUTS official told ET that Google’s “manipulation of its search mechanism is quite visible.” “CUTS conducted a thorough study on Google and we have come across instances where the firm is abusing its dominant position,” Uday Mehta, associate director at CUTS International said.
“CCI had asked us to further investigate. For instance, if you search for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Google, the first five results are on his Google Plus pages. His Facebook page was the 8th result.”
Google is under investigation by United State’s Federal Trade Commission to see if the search market leader has abused its monopolistic position in that country.
However, no formal case has been filed yet. In February, matrimonial site Bharatmatrimony .com had filed a complaint against Google accusing the online giant of abusing its dominance in the search-engine market by engaging in unlawful practices relating to its AdWords platform.
Google was selling keywords relating to its websites to rival sites such as Shaadi.com, and Jeevansaathi.com, the matrimonial site claimed in its complaint. AdWords is Google’s online advertising channel that sells keywords to advertisers and creates online ads on its search screen.