Competition Commission clears Google Meet from dominance accusation

An information was filed under Section 19(1)(a) of the Competition Act, 2002, by the informant. The informant had alleged that the Gmail application enjoys a dominant position in the emailing and direct messaging market, and integrating Google Meet into the Gmail app amounts to abuse of dominant position by Google.

Ratio

Gmail users are not forced to necessarily use Google Meet, and there seems to be no adverse consequence on the users of Gmail for not using Google Meet. Any Gmail user can exercise his free will and use any other virtual conferencing application. Moreover, any person with a Google account could use Google Meet, and Google account can be created even by using an email ID from any other platform. 

Decision

Google users have the choice to use or not to use Google Meet. Functionalities of both the applications are independent and Google does not coerce the user into using Google Meet, hence, not making a fit case for any further action.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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