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Google will not implement its billing policy on the Play Store until October 31 Telecom News, ET Telecom

The Karnataka High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by Google India challenging an order by the Indian Competition Commission, which is investigating its payment policy on the Play Store.

The US-based tech company had asked the antitrust regulator to help it gain access to the identities of app developers and startups who said they would suffer as a result of its policies. The ICC rejected the request, after which Google India took the matter to the High Court.

Earlier Monday, ET announced that ICC will soon be requesting a detailed report from app developers explaining the impact of Google’s payment policies on their balance sheets. It will also ask them to suggest alternative payment mechanisms if possible.

High Court Judge Krishna S. Dixit took note of the joint memorandum filed by Google India, the ICC and the Alliance of Digital India Foundation, under which Google would cooperate with the ICC investigation and not implement its Play Store billing policy only in October. 31. However, the three parties have retained the freedom to go to court if necessary.

The ICC had previously told the court that it would complete the investigation in two months. Additional Solicitor General N. Venkataraman appeared for the antitrust regulator, while Senior Counsel Sajan Poovayya appeared for Google India.

Google had opposed the provisional measure requested by ADIF against its Play Store billing policy, arguing that it had already postponed the date for integrating application developers into its billing system to October 31.