Google hit with record £2.1bn EU fine for abusing internet search monopoly

The European Union has fined Google €2.42bn (£2.14bn) after a seven-year investigation into claims the technology giant abused its internet search monopoly.

The penalty is the biggest ever competition fine from the European Commission, doubling the previous record handed to Intel in 2009.

The EU said Google had broken EU competition law by exploiting the power of its search engine to promote its online shopping service, at the expense of other price comparison sites.

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  • David Murrell

    One of the rarely-discussed areas, by the corporate media, has to do with the predatory practices by the large technology oligopolists. For example, Microsoft cuts sweetheart deals with Samsung and others to include Microsoft aps in newly-bought tables and pcs — irrespective of whether the customer wants them or not.

    Another example: for the past 15 years I have been using the Yahoo search engine, since (back then) Yahoo had a “Canadian option” to check off, where searches would be limited to Canadian url’s. This was useful to researchers, in narrowing down names, etc. Google had none of this.

    During the last few years, once in a while, if I typed in http://www.yahoo.com, a mysterious pop-up url shows up, blocking my access to yahoo. Or the entire search would fail, then steering me to http://www.google.com . This sort of predatory practice still goes on — in this day and age.

    What puzzles me is why yahoo doesn’t complain, or computer savvy people (with clout) don’t complain. The media never discuss this. Perhaps it’s because the big oligopolists (Facebook, Google, Amazon) all donate big dollars to the Democratic party — like the big media barons — and it’s all one big, corrupt predatory family.

    We all hate the European Union. But in this case, Google needs a punch in the face, a black eye. If I were Trump, I would trust bust these big predatory tech firms, a la Teddy Roosevelt.

    • canminuteman

      I am conflicted on this one. I agree that your experience with yahoo/google doesn’t sound right. But if you are google, and in the business of selling things and people are searching on google, why would google try to let other people sell you stuff, rather than them?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I wish there were more Filters for refining searches…

  • JoKeR
  • I will wager that Google is not the only party to be guilty of this sort of thing.