EU is about to slap Google with €1+ billion fine for abusing search practices
The European Commission accuses Google of abusing its dominant position in the European search engine market. The service in sight is Google Shopping, which allows users to compare prices of products between different vendors, and the investigators claim that the tech giant is using its own search algorithms to over-represent its service in the search results. If the giant is found guilty, the Commission could impose a fine of up to 10% of the company’s revenues totalling to $90 billion last year, according to Financial Times.
It is not the only investigation that puts Google under the European Commission’s magnifying glass, though. The EU regulator is also looking whether the company's insistence on pre-loading its apps on mobile devices actually prevents competing apps from reaching customers.