Google Faces Tough Fines From Korean Antitrust Office

January 10th, 2012 at 9:49 am

CNET has reported that Korean Fair Trade Commission is fining Google for allegedly obstruction an investigation regarding the search engine giant’s business practices. Officials from the commission raided Google’s offices in Seoul last September 2011.

According to Kim Dong-soo, chairman of the South Korean antitrust commission, Google hampered the investigation by allegedly deleting vital files from company computers and telling employees to work from home instead.

Google has yet to respond to questions about the matter, although the company has earlier denied any wrongdoing. Also, Google has yet to receive information about any fines the commission is considering, although CNET said the fines could shot up to 200 million won (US$172,000). That may seem small, but Google’s employees and executives in Seoul could be fined up to 50 million won (about $43,000) each.

The investigation stems from a complaint filed in April by NHM and Daum Communications, two South Korean-based Internet companies that claimed Google is fostering unfair competition in the mobile search market on its Android platform. The commission will also explore Google’s use of its own Google Search app as the default search utility on Android.

Apart in South Korea, Google also faces antitrust investigations and proceedings in United States and Europe.

Source: CNET, via PC Mag


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