EC Investigate Google

Google Accused of Side-Lining Search Rivals

EU regulators will launch the first major probe into Google's business practices, after rival search engines accused Google of displaying links to the websites of rival computer and software vendors, below references to the services offered by Google, in an attempt to dominate the market. The complaints were filed by French legal search engine 'ejustice.fr,' UK-based price comparison website Foundem and Microsoft's Ciao. The EU regulators will also investigate whether Google prevented advertising partners from placing competitor advertisements on their websites. If Google are found guilty, they could be facing a $2.4 billion fine: 10% of their revenue based on 2009 figures. Google have released an email statement on the matter:

"Since we started Google we have worked hard to do the right thing by our users and our industry — ensuring that ads are always clearly marked, making it easy for users and advertisers to take their data with them when they switch services, and investing heavily in open source projects. But there's always going to be room for improvement, and so we'll be working with the Commission to address any concerns."

Jessica Thornsby

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