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The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) Investigates Google

Google may be fined by South Korea's anti-trust authority for allegedly obstructing an investigation conducted by the regulator into its Android division.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has been investigating the company for anti-competitive practices that involve asking smartphone manufacturers to make its search engine the default option on Android devices they produce.

According to an article on ZDNet, which cites a Korean newspaper, the KFTC has claimed Google tried to obstruct the inquiry by deleting files from its computer systems and by asking employees to work from home on the day when investigators were visiting its offices.

The anti-trust authority is planning to impose the maximum fine on Google, which amounts to 200 million Korean won or US$171,800.

Meanwhile, according to Cnet, Google has denied that it asked employees to delete documents or tell employees to work from home. The company also claimed it had no knowledge the regulator was planning on imposing a fine.

"We will, of course, continue cooperating with this and other government inquiries," said a Google spokesperson.