wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Deep Dive: Why CCI is setting up a Digital Markets Unit

India’s competition watchdog CCI is setting up a Digital Markets Unit due to the growing number of tech antitrust cases and their complexity

"In view of the growing number of cases and complexity in the digital sector and the increasing need for data and technology skills, we are now planning to set up a dedicated Digital Markets Unit within CCI," Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson, Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced on June 11 at the National Conference on Competition Law. CCI is currently investigating tech platforms across various sectors like e-commerce, app stores, food aggregators, search, operating systems, etc. But the antitrust watchdog faces many unique challenges in these investigations because the competition laws in the country were framed with traditional markets in mind. Additionally, a year ago, Gupta had said that big tech has unchecked dominance and CCI will prioritise scrutiny of online platforms. Against this backdrop, it makes sense that CCI is exploring setting up a dedicated unit to deal with antitrust concerns in the tech sector. India is not alone in this endeavour. Last year, UK's Competition and Markets Authority also announced that it is setting up a Digital Markets Unit and this year, US lawmakers proposed a new regulatory body to oversee the "powerful" tech sector. Why is CCI increasing its focus on digital markets? Behavioural shift to online channels: "A significant change that all of us have noticed over the last two and a half years is that the pandemic has caused a behavioural shift amongst buyers and businesses to online channels of distribution. Even though the use of online distribution as a matter of intermediation had started much earlier, the…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

Free Reads

News

The Commission received complaints against ULLU by the group ‘Gems of Bollywood’,  for sharing “extremely obscene and objectionable content secretively to its subscribers, including...

News

This case highlights a curious intersection of copyright and critique in the digital content world.

News

Google will also provide news organizations and fact checkers with essential training in advanced fact-checking methodologies, deepfake detection, and Google tools like the Fact...

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

NPCI CEO Dilip Asbe recently said that what is not written in regulations is a no-go for fintech entities. But following this advice could...

News

Notably, Indus Appstore will allow app developers to use third-party billing systems for in-app billing without having to pay any commission to Indus, a...

News

The existing commission-based model, which companies like Uber and Ola have used for a long time and still stick to, has received criticism from...

News

Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...

News

Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ