5 Apr 2021 17:52

Ukrainian authorities fine Google subsidiary 1 mln hryvni

KYIV. April 5 (Interfax) - The Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine has imposed a fine of one million hryvni on Google LLC (99% owned by Google International LLC, U.S.) for failure to provide information within a set timeframe at the request of the authorized government representative of Ukraine's Anti-Monopoly Committee.

Today's official exchange rate is 1 hryvnia/$0,036.

The committee's temporary administrative board adopted this decision at its meeting on April 2, according to a report published on the committee's website.

"The size of the fine is due to aggravating circumstances, i.e. the fact that Google LLC has not provided the committee with the information requested by it for more than a year," it said.

The committee needed this information to carry out an inquiry into a complaint lodged by a private individual and an entrepreneur after his account on the Google My Business app was blocked.

The respondent's failure to provide information within a set timeframe makes it impossible for the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine to fulfill its duties, including conducting a timely, full and comprehensive review of a complaint about violations of the law on the protection of economic competition, it said.

The company provided the requested information only after a case was opened against it for its failure to do so earlier. When determining the size of the fine, the Anti-Monopoly Committee took into account the fact that this information was made available, albeit belatedly.