French judges have ordered Google to rewrite the contracts it uses for app developers after officials said they were “imposing tariffs” on startups.
The American tech giant was fined two million euros for abusive commercial practices and ordered to modify seven clauses of its contracts, according to a judgment of the Paris commercial court rendered on Monday and consulted by AFP on Tuesday. .
One of the clauses required developers to price their apps within a range set by Google, granting the company a 30% commission on each sale on the Play Store.
The DGCCRF initiated legal proceedings in 2018 regarding the contractual clauses introduced by the company in 2015 and 2016.
The court found that the disputed clauses had been imposed “without effective negotiation” and had created “a significant imbalance in the rights and obligations of the parties”.
The judges gave Google three months to modify the contracts.
Google said it had already changed several of the clauses and recently lowered its fee for small developers.
Google, along with Facebook and other tech giants, is coming under enormous pressure from regulators around the world for alleged anti-competitive practices and breaches of data privacy rules.