Google Case Expands to Asia from US, Changes the Future of Internet Tech – 2 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Google is being sued in several countries for alleged monopoly cases. Initially this case caused a stir in the United States, then it reached Europe, and most recently to Asia, specifically Japan.

Japan’s competition watchdog said it had begun investigating Google for possible violations of antitrust laws in its web search service.

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) said it was investigating Google’s practice of forcing Android smartphone makers to install Google Search and Google Chrome applications with Google Play applications.

“There are suspicions that through these measures they exclude the business activities of competitors and restrict the business activities of their business partners in the search services market,” said a JFTC official, quoted from Reuters.

The official said the problem was not because Google services were widely used, but about unfair competition.

“We have launched this investigation to investigate whether there is a situation where other search engine providers’ services are difficult to recognize as users’ choice, no matter how many improvements have been made,” he stressed.

Google Sued in the United States

The US Department of Justice previously accused Alphabet’s Google of paying US$10 billion (Rp. 153 trillion) a year to device makers like Apple, wireless companies like AT&T, and browser makers like Mozilla to keep its search engine market share at around 90%.

In the last trial, it was said that the nominal amount issued by Google was even more, namely US$ 26 billion in 2021.

Google’s search engine is a key part of its business, driving advertising sales and other areas of profit for the world’s fourth most valuable company.

“This case is about the future of the internet,” said Kenneth Dintzer, arguing to the Justice Department that Google began maintaining its monopoly illegally in 2010.

But Google attorney John Schmidtlein said the payments compensate partners for efforts to ensure that software gets timely security updates and other maintenance.

“Today’s users have more search engine choices and more ways to access information online than ever before,” added Schmidtlein.

He continued, Google won a competition held by Apple and Mozilla to choose the best search engine.

Consumers who are dissatisfied with using Google, according to Schmidtlein, only need “a few simple clicks” to replace the Google app from their devices or call up Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo in the browser to use an alternative search engine.

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