Google submits proposals to EU investigators to end ‘dominance in search results’ probe
London: Google has submitted proposals to the EU Competition Commission in a bid to bring an end to a two-year investigation into claims that the Internet search giant has been using its dominance of the search market to unfairly boost its other services.
In December Joaquin Almunia, the competition commissioner, said that Google and the Commission had ‘substantially reduced’ their differences since talks began in July last year.
He said that he wanted Google to submit a ‘detailed commitment text’ by the end of January.
According to the Telegraph, Almunia declined to provide details of the proposal Google filed yesterday, saying only that "we are analysing it".
If Google cannot satisfy the competition commission then it could face legal action and a possible fine, which could be up to 10 percent of global turnover, the report said.
The US-based tech firm has been accused of favouring its own services in search results, copying reviews from rival websites without permission and of preventing advertisers from moving their online campaigns to rival search engines.
Complainants against Google include Microsoft and smaller rivals in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the United States.