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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Google Faces Huge Fines from European Commission

Google Faces Huge Fines from European Commission

Google Faces Huge Fines from European Commission

Added: Monday, April 6th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The search giant may face fines of about $6.6bn – recently, the European Commission reconsidered its position in relation to Google’s dominance on the market and may have taken a decision to relaunch a full investigation.


A new competition commissioner recently started to update evidence against the search engine and weigh whether to release a new statement of objections and launch the 5-year probe into the company’s search practices. According to over 30 companies all over the world, a tech giant that serves 90% of searches in Europe is harming their businesses.

If the competition commissioner decides to take their cases forward, Google can be fined up to 10% of its worldwide revenues. It became known that the commission already contacted most of the companies who filed claims and asked for permission to share their evidence.

Microsoft and a range of other companies confirmed they had been contacted. The commission’s request suggests that it is going to adopt a statement of objections. Investigation of the Californian software group for abuse of dominant market position started almost 5 years ago, and the first statement of objections against the company was published in 2012. At the time, Google was accused of favoring its own specialist services over those of rivals.

Once the commission has made its formal statement of objections, the tech giant can demand access to the case file and to information submitted by complainants without commercially confidential information. As usual, Google insists that it has not behaved anti-competitively.

By the way, over the course of investigations and legal battles that took place over the last two decades, the EC imposed more than €2bn in fines on Microsoft.

Apr 6th, 2015

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Date:  Monday, April 6th, 2015

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-04-07 07:28:40)
CCC avatarBetween the idiots in government and the morons that fight with development the newly emerging private communication service may be the solution.

Thanks for the info SaM.

posted by (2015-04-07 22:38:29)
Woolie avatarDominance on the market, abuse of dominant market position, favouring its own specialist services over those of rivals, anti-competitive, remind you of anyone else that should have been investigated years ago? Two that are one come to mind, those being an auction site and a payment processor...

posted by Trusted Uploader (2015-04-12 20:24:34)
Dascubadude avatarWhat kind of nice PC nightmare world have I woken to today? The competition commissioner, is there really such a thing? If they have their own search engines, why would they even think of using their competitors? Heck I've been trying to remove/disarm windows explorer for years now but it keeps rearing its little nubby head and trying to take over. I use chrome and like chrome. But really a competition commission. There is a reason why there is a dominate search engine. Just look at the competition- Yahoo!/at&t, Windows Explorer,Comcast.... all ad ridden.

posted by (2015-04-13 02:45:47)
OnyxSoul avatarAbsolutely ridiculous!

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