A damages claim of up to £920 million has been filed against Google on behalf of 19.5 million British Android phone users. On Thursday, the BBC reported that the subject of the lawsuit was the fees charged when purchasing the app.
The lawsuit stated that 30 percent. The commission that Google charges for online purchases in the App Store is very high and unfair.
The tech giant is accused of breaching European and British competition laws. The BBC added that the Google Play Store is pre-installed and integrated with other products, so consumers do not have much choice and are forced to pay fees.
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The class action was brought to the Competition Court of Appeals by former head of consumer policy Liz Cole. – Google has created a marketplace for apps on Android and controls it like a fist-like vise – She said. Customers are directed to the Google Play Store and then have no choice but to pay 30 percent. She added that it’s a commission every time they buy an app or make an in-app purchase.
Google argued that it competes “in a strong and fair manner” and that its fees are “similar to its competitors”. “This lawsuit ignores the benefits and options offered by Android and Google Play, as well as the competitive marketplace in which we operate,” Google said.
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