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EU gives Google a month to deal with search complaints


By Reuters and Nicole Kobie

Posted on 19 Dec 2012 at 10:32

The EU has given Google a month to form detailed proposals to resolve an investigation into its control of the search market.

The EU's antitrust chief, Joaquin Almunia, delivered the ultimatum in a meeting with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in Brussels.

Alumnia said Google has until January to submit a written plan on how it will resolve complaints that it's abusing its search market dominance by blocking rivals, including Microsoft.

"Since our preliminary talks with Google started in July, we have substantially reduced our differences regarding possible ways to address each of the four competition concerns expressed by the Commission," Almunia said in a statement.

On the basis of the progress made, I now expect Google to come forward with a detailed commitment text in January 2013

"On the basis of the progress made, I now expect Google to come forward with a detailed commitment text in January 2013."

Almunia said he would seek feedback from rivals and users once he's received Google's proposal. Google said it continues to work cooperatively with the Commission.

The EU watchdog's two-year investigation has centered on complaints that Google unfairly favoured its services over its rivals in search results, and that it may have copied material from travel and restaurant websites without permission.

US case delayed

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is also investigating Google over similar issues. The FTC ruling was expected to come within days, but now won't appear for several weeks. Sources told Reuters the FTC could drop its investigation into Google without requiring any major change to how the company operates.

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User comments


What is the EU antitrust chief's last name: Alumnia or Almunia?

By jonathandk2 on 19 Dec 2012

why is Apple not investigated

I cant understand why ms get investigated for making people use explorer, now google get investigated because they choose to make the "best" search engine and not let others have access to it, whereas Apple stop anyone else doing anything with their infrastructure. Not saying they shouldn't be allowed to, but where,s the fairness - oh silly me for being a naive person.

By gfmoore on 19 Dec 2012

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