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India hits Google with $113m fine for Google Payments

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The Google logo is pictured in the Google India office building in Hyderabad on January 28, 2022.

The Google logo is pictured in the Google India office building in Hyderabad on January 28, 2022.
Photo: Noé Seelam / AFP (Getty Images)

India’s competition regulator is fining Google $113 million for anti-competitive practices with its Google Play app store, according to a press release from India’s Competition Commission. More specifically, the authorities of India says app developers should be allowed to use third-party payment processors rather than being forced to use Google’s.

Google requires app developers to use the Google Play billing system to receive payments for paid apps and in-app purchases, which India’s Competition Commission has ordered Google to stop doing within the next three months.

“Making access to the Play Store dependent on mandatory use of GPBS for paid apps and in-app purchases is one-sided and arbitrary and devoid of any legitimate commercial interest. App developers have no inherent choice to use any payment processor of their choice in the open market,” the Competition Commission of India said in a statement. statement published online Tuesday.

The regulator also expressed concern about Google’s so-called “anti-steering” rules, which prohibit app developers from directing potential customers to a third-party website for payment. This is against Indian law, according to the regulator.

Like the BBC RemarksGoogle was hit with a $161 million fine last week by the same regulator in India for dominating the market with its Android operating system.

Payment systems are a contentious issue in tech, with Apple this week releasing new rules requiring a curtailment of all NFT sales through Web3 apps, an announcement that hasn’t gone down well in the blockchain community. . Apple charges a 30% commission on all app sales on its platform.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday. We will update this article if we have any news.