Google initiates proceedings to avoid further EC sanctions for domain abuse

Google sent documents to the European Commission (EC) on Tuesday to try to comply with EU rules and avoid further sanctions for abuse of dominant position, after the fine of 2.424 million euros imposed by the institution last June by this reason.

TechCrunch reported today that the technology giant has informed the Commission about the steps it intends to take to adapt to its legislation after which it was the biggest sanction ever imposed by the EC on a company.

On June 27, the EC fined Google for granting “illegal” benefits to its own shopping comparison service when Internet users used the search engine.

The EC concluded that the company gave prominence to its own shopping comparison service, so that when a consumer searches on Google with which the purchasing service wants to show results, they appear to be close to the results of the query .

In addition, according to the EC, Google “degraded” the services of comparison of competitors in its own search results.

The agency gave the company based in the Californian city of Mountain View 90 days to terminate its bad practices or, otherwise, it will have to pay payments like penalization of up to 5% of the average daily income of Alphabet, that Is the matrix of Google.

Google and the EC spokespersons confirmed to TechCrunch the sending of documentation, but neither party revealed the content of the same nor details about the company’s plans to conform to European regulations.

“It is the sole responsibility of Google to ensure that it complies with the EC’s antitrust decision,” said the EC spokesman, who said that the role of the institution is to “monitor” the progress made by the company in that regard.

The 2.424 billion euro fine against Google was the culmination of an EC investigation that lasted almost seven years.


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