Google sues India’s antitrust watchdog over leaked investigative report | Tech News

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it is suing the Indian Competition Commission (ICC) over the leak of a confidential ICC report into an antitrust investigation into the U.S. technology giant. technology.

The Times of India newspaper, then Reuters, reported on Saturday that an ICC investigation found that Google had abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its “enormous financial power” to unlawfully harm its competitors.

Google said last week it looked forward to working with the ICC to “demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less.”

In Thursday’s statement, the company said it had filed a lawsuit against the ICC in the Delhi High Court “to prevent further unlawful disclosure of confidential findings.”

Google said it was “protesting a breach of trust that harms Google’s ability to defend itself and harms Google and its partners.”

“We have cooperated fully and maintained confidentiality throughout the investigation process, and we hope and expect the same level of confidentiality from the institutions with which we engage,” its statement added.

The ICC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

A Google spokesperson declined to say whether it had sought cease and desist orders from further media coverage of the contents of the CCI report.

India’s antitrust authority ordered an investigation in 2019, saying Google appeared to have leveraged its dominance to curtail the ability of device makers to opt for alternative versions of its mobile operating system and force them to pre-install devices. Google apps.

Its 750-page report later concluded that the mandatory pre-installation of apps “amounts to imposing unfair terms on device manufacturers” in violation of India’s competition law.

The report, which has been seen by Reuters but is not public, also revealed that the company leveraged the position of its Play Store app store to protect its dominance.

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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