Google’s Confidentiality Request Accepted by CCI, Regulator Denies Allegations of Leaking Report back to Media

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 India’s antitrust watchdog has agreed to Google’s request to maintain confidential some info the corporate supplied throughout an investigation into its enterprise, although the regulator denied allegations it leaked a report on the probe to the media, a decide stated on Monday.

Alphabet’s Google sued the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) at a New Delhi courtroom final week, urging a decide to direct the watchdog to forestall leaks of knowledge.

The submitting got here after The Instances of India and Reuters reported this month, citing a confidential CCI report, that the regulator’s probe had discovered that the US tech large abused the dominant place of its Android working system in India, unfairly utilizing its “enormous monetary muscle” to harm opponents.

Google, in its 188-page courtroom submitting seen by Reuters, stated it was aggrieved by the CCI’s rejection of its request, made earlier than the media stories, that “extremely enterprise delicate info” it had supplied to the regulator throughout the course of the investigation be saved confidential.

On Monday, Justice Rekha Palli stated the CCI had agreed to just accept Google’s request to maintain its submissions confidential, with out elaborating on the small print of the settlement between the watchdog and the corporate.

If Google “nonetheless has a grievance that any info is being leaked”, it will possibly search authorized recourse, Justice Palli added.

Nonetheless the justice stated CCI had rejected as unfaithful Google’s allegations that it had leaked any info to the media.

Google and the CCI didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

On Friday, in a close to hour-long showdown in courtroom, Google had referred to as the CCI a “ordinary offender” by way of leaking confidential info. The watchdog’s counsel repeatedly denied the allegations, and accused the US firm of irritating the investigative course of.

Google’s submitting to the courtroom, reviewed by Reuters, stated the publication of the investigation report’s findings prompted “irreversible injury” to its popularity.

The CCI ordered the competitors probe in 2019, saying Google appeared to have leveraged its dominance to cut back system makers’ potential to go for alternate variations of its cellular working system, and to pressure them to pre-install Google apps.

Reuters reported on September 18, citing the confidential CCI report, that the watchdog had discovered the necessary pre-installation of apps on Android gadgets “quantities to imposition of unfair circumstances on the system producers” in violation of India’s competitors legislation.

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