2015 April

European Commission charges Google with abuse of dominance concerning Google Shopping and opens investigation into Android

In a double blow to Google, the European Commission made two announcements on 15 April concerning its investigations into Google’s online practices and Android operating system. First the Commission announced that it had sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging that Google has been “systematically favouring” Google Shopping at the expense of competing comparison sites. Then the Commission announced that it was opening a separate investigation into the Google Android operating system. In making the announcements, the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (pictured above) stated that the Google antitrust investigations have been one her priorities since taking office in November last year to ensure that “consumers and innovative companies can benefit from a competitive environment in Europe”. Google strongly denies the allegations.


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