The Google case (which is charged of abuse of a dominant position regarding online search and accused of unfair competition regarding price comparisons services: see previous article here ) was re-activated through a controversial European Court of Justice ruling against Google, which could lead to it being forced to remove links to news stories about individuals from its search results. At the heart of the case, this is the so-called online consumers' "right to be forgotten".
In parallel, on May 20th, Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia answered to the German’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s last suggestion on the utility of the European Commission’s prohibition order. From the Commissioner’s point of view, legally binding commitments designed to reduce Google’s share of the European market settlements would be quicker.
Monique Goyens, director general of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), said at the time: “The Commission has today fallen far short of the aim of ensuring fair consumer choice in relation to online search in Europe. Consumers should be able to expect neutral search results. This is not a reality today due the nature of Google’s business model and we expected the Commission to remedy this.”
Recently, Open Internet Project, a group of 400 European digital market members, made a new complaint against Google, in addition to the 2012 complainants.
Read the article here .