On January 13, the Supreme Court of Belarus ordered Google to pay a fine of $ 560,000 for violating antitrust laws. By its decision, the court supported the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade (MART), which revealed the violation.
“By the decision of the Economic Court of the city of Minsk dated September 10, 2021, by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus dated December 21, 2021 and January 4, 2022, after hearing cases in closed court hearings, the complaints of Google LLC were denied,” the press service said MARCH.
In March, they recalled that the abuse of Google’s dominant position was expressed in the fact that the company offers the Google Play application store for installation on Android devices only if several conditions are met, including when downloading Goggle applications and services.
“These practices of Google LLC restrict the possibilities of access to mobile devices for other application developers, primarily search applications, and may lead to a reduction in the number of mobile application developers, limiting competitors’ incentives to develop applications for smartphones and tablets running Android OS, and hinder the further development of competition on the commodity market, ”they added to MART.
Earlier, on January 6, the French National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms fined Google and Facebook. The websites of the companies do not make it as easy to refuse the installation of cookies as it is to agree. Google was ordered to pay € 150 million, Facebook – € 60 million.
On December 24, the Magistrate’s Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow ruled to fine Google 7.2 billion rubles. The company was found guilty of committing an administrative offense under Part 5 of Art. 13.41 Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of the procedure for restricting access to information”).
This is the first time a turnaround fine has been imposed on Google in Russia. Its size depends on the company’s revenue. The court had the right to apply a turnover fine to her – from 1/20 to 1/10 of the proceeds for the year preceding the year in which the violation was revealed, but not less than 4 million rubles.