Google: The Perfect Compliment to Big Brother
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The European Union (EU) is claiming that Google overstepped its bounds as a monopoly. Officials in the EU have been conducting anti-trust investigation into Google’s treatment of search term results.
‘I believe that these fast-moving markets would particularly benefit from a quick resolution of the competition issues identified,’ said Joaquín Almunia, the head of competition policy for the European Commission. ‘Restoring competition swiftly to the benefit of users at an early stage is always preferable to lengthy proceedings, although these sometimes become indispensable to competition enforcement.
Almunia said that Google is becoming a dominant abuser with regard to its business practices.
‘In its general search results, Google displays links to its own vertical search services differently than it does for links to competitors,’ Almunia said. ‘We are concerned that this may result in preferential treatment compared to those of competing services, which may be hurt as a consequence.’