Interesting article from FairSearch.org
In July, news of technical talks between Google and Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, suggested the search giant was finally willing to concede it must change its anti-competitive practices to avoid a finding it is violating the law.
In September, Almunia suggested that Google needed to offer solutions that would end its illegal practices and restore competition (his complete speech can be found here) or the Commission would initiate a formal case against Google. According to a Reuters report, Almunia said:
“If effective solutions were found quickly and tested successfully, competition could be restored at an early stage by means of a commitment decision… However, we are not there yet, and it must be clear that – in the absence of satisfactory proposals in the short term – I will be obliged to continue with our formal proceedings.”
Earlier this year, Almunia outlined four areas of concern for where Google may be violating the law, namely:
- How Google promotes its own services over others in search results
- “Scrapes” content from other websites
- Engages in anti-competitive advertising agreement
- Restricts advertisers from moving campaigns to rival advertising platforms.