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South Korean Government Says Google Undermined Competition

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The antitrust chief of the South Korean government said on Friday morning that the agency believes that US search juggernaut Google has “clearly” undermined competition, pointing out that the agency is planning to present a case to its review committee by the end of the year.

The antitrust chief of the South Korean government said on Friday morning that the agency believes that US search juggernaut Google has “clearly” undermined competition, pointing out that the agency is planning to present a case to its review committee by the end of the year.

The head of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, Joh Sung-wook, said that it was investigating allegations that the tech giant restricts competition in the mobile application market and operating system market. She also said that the South Korean antitrust agency will to send one of those cases to the deliberation committee by December. However, she didn’t specify which case will be delivered.

“When the KFTC looks at Google, there is an act that hampered competition,” Joh told lawmakers during the annual parliamentary audit of South Korea.

The committee will make a final and official decision as to whether any laws have been violated, and could fine the company, order corrective measures or even bring a prosecution.

According to a Korea Fair Trade Commission, Google is under investigation for allegedly blocking local smartphone makers such as Samsung Electronics from using other operating systems, as well as forcing developers to publish their games to the Google’s Play Store exclusively.