Google will have to allow third-party payments, CCI advises the company to improve

Google’s business practices related to internet search are under intense scrutiny in India. US company Alphabet, which runs Google, has been ordered to allow third-party billing or payment processing services in the country for app developers. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of around Rs 932 crore on the company for using anti-competitive practices. Earlier, Google was fined around Rs 1,338 crore for unfair business practices related to the Android operating system.

The CCI said in a 199-page order that Google has abused its dominant position by forcing app developers to use the company’s in-app payment system. In-app digital goods a great way for developers to earn from their work sale Have to do Apart from this, Google has been asked to make eight improvements within three months. These include not prohibiting in-app purchases or app developers from using any third-party billing or payment processing services to purchase apps.

Google can appeal against this decision in the tribunal. CCI says that Google should maintain full transparency in communication with app developers and give them detailed information about the service fees to be collected. The order will come as a relief to the country’s startups and firms that were objecting to being forced to use Google’s payments system for app developers.

company A separate investigation is also going on against the way of doing business in the smart TV market of the country. Google last week said the fine imposed on the company was a “huge blow” to consumers and businesses in the country. Google said that Android has given people more options and it supports thousands of successful businesses in India and around the world. In an emailed statement, a Google spokesperson said, “The CCI’s decision is a major setback for consumers and businesses in India. It will expose users to security risks who rely on Android’s security features.”

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