Powerful internet company operating to give itself "unfair advantage" at the expense of European consumers and competitors, says EU official
byJon Queally, staff writer | CommonDreams.org
If Google executives use their service to perform an online search for "antitrust + European Union" on Wednesday morning, they may not like the results.
The European Union has opened a formal investigation and sent a list of complaints to the U.S.-based internet giant accusing it of behaving in ways that give it "unfair advantage" over its competitors in Europe, opening a legal door that may have far-reaching consequences for one of the world's most lucrative corporations.
In addition to the broader list of charges regarding Google businesses practices on the continent, the EU Competition Commission, which handles such matters, has also opened a separate antitrust investigation which will look specifically at Google's mobile operating system, known as Android.
"If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe," said Margrethe Vestager, the European Union competition commissioner.