South Korea probes Google for anti-competitive behaviour
Regulators began looking into the matter after the European Union brought charges against Google for anti-competitive behaviour earlier this year. Photograph: (Reuters)
South Korea's anti-trust regulator conducted an inspection of Google's local headquarters to investigate whether the firm is engaged in anti-competitive behaviour over its Android operating system, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.
Yonhap, citing unnamed sources, said the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted the inspection last week and was probing whether Google forced smartphone makers using Android on its devices to not sell products using other operating systems.
Regulators began looking into the matter after the European Union brought charges against Google for anticompetitive behaviour earlier this year.
Google and the Korea Fair Trade Commission declined to comment.