Factbox: Regulatory probes Google is facing in Asia, Europe


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(Reuters) – The US Department of Justice is expected to file a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, possibly asking a court to dismantle the trillion-dollar search and advertising giant.

Here is a list of ongoing investigations and reviews into alleged anti-competitive practices by Google in Asia and Europe.


Australia sued Google in July for misleading consumers into obtaining permission to use their personal data for targeted advertising. The country’s antitrust regulator has also warned that Google’s planned $ 2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit could give it too much data, which could hurt competition in healthcare markets and online advertising.

The regulator also wants independent mediators to decide how much Google pays media companies for reposting their content. Google, which responded by saying its main search engine could be at risk in Australia, has announced plans to pay publishers around the world $ 1 billion for their news over the next three years.


China is preparing to launch an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google has exploited the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, Reuters reported last month, citing sources.

The case has been referred by the country’s main market regulator to the State Council’s antitrust committee for review, the sources said.

Google’s main search platform has been blocked in China since 2010, but it still has business in the country, such as selling advertising.


The European Union has been at the forefront of investigations into antitrust issues against Google, since it launched its first investigation in 2010.

The EU competition official fined Google in 2017 for favoring its own comparison shopping service over those of smaller European competitors. Two more rulings on different issues from here brought the total penalty to 8.25 billion euros.

He is currently investigating Google’s $ 2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit.


Reuters, citing sources, reported this month that Google is facing a new antitrust case in India for allegedly abusing its Android operating system’s position in the smart TV market.

This case is Google’s fourth major antitrust challenge in India.

In 2018, the country’s anti-competition regulator fined Google for “search bias,” but the company’s appeal is pending. The regulator is also probing Google for allegedly abusing its dominant position to reduce the ability of smartphone makers to opt for versions alternatives Android, as well as to examine a case alleging that Google is unfairly promoting its mobile payment app in the country.


Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said on Monday it would join forces with the United States and Europe to tackle any market abuse by the big four Tech companies – Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.

South Korea:

The South Korean antitrust regulator said earlier this month it was examining Google’s plans to charge 30% commissions for in-app purchases made through its app store, expanding the scrutiny that began with the regulator of telecommunications of the country.

Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh in Singapore, Brenda Goh in Shanghai, Heekyong Yang in Seoul, Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo, Byron Kaye in Sydney and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Edited by Shri Navaratnam and Louise Heavens

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