15-04-15

EU Commission charges Google in antitrust-case

cep expert Bert Van Roosebeke: Under an extreme scenario the Commission could even demand that Google separates the search business from its other businesses by changing ownership

Vestager accuses Google of cheating competitors

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday announced that the European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for internet search services by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its search results pages. Moreover, the Commission opened formal proceedings against Google to investigate in-depth if the company’s conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules, Vestager said. “The Commission can demand changes to Google’s business model, for example by having a row of competitors appearing at the top of search lists,” cep information technology expert Bert Van Roosebeke told German daily Die Welt. “Under an extreme scenario the Commission could even demand structural changes from Google, for example separating the search business from its other businesses by having different owners.”