EU charges Google with market abuse

The European Union has filed a complaint against Google over its alleged anti-competitive behaviour. The Competition Commissioner said she had issued a statement of objection, stating that the firm’s promotion of its own shopping links amounted to an abuse of its dominance in search.

Margrethe Vestager said Google had 10 weeks to respond. The firm said it strongly disagreed with the allegations and looked forward to making its case.

Ms Vestager also revealed that she had launched an investigation into Google’s Android operating system. And the commissioner said the EU would continue to monitor other activities by Google that its rivals had complained about. The EU’s investigation is not the only one Google is facing.

Investigators at India’s Competition Commission delivered a report last week after carrying out a three-year probe into claims of unfair business practices. Their counterparts in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan and Canada have also opened investigations.

However, the US Federal Trade Commission dropped its own probe at the start of 2013 after Google made several non-binding commitments.

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