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TechnologyGoogle job search tool under EU microscope

18:35  27 august  2019
18:35  27 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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By Foo Yun Chee

Google job search tool under EU microscope© Reuters/Dado Ruvic FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of Google logo in this illustration picture

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators are checking Google for Jobs to see if the company unfairly favors its fast-growing tool for searching job listings, Europe's antitrust chief said on Tuesday.

Launched two years ago, the tool has already drawn numerous complaints from rivals alleging anti-competitive behavior.

Earlier this month, 23 job search websites in Europe urged the European Commission to temporarily order Google to stop such practices while it investigates the issue.

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European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has handed out 8.25 billion euros ($9.2 billion) in fines to the tech giant in recent years in three separate cases, voiced concerns about the possibility of similar anti-competitive practices by Alphabet unit Google in other areas.

Google job search tool under EU microscope© Reuters/Aly Song FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is seen during the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai

"We're looking right now at whether the same thing may have happened with other parts of Google's business – like the job search business known as Google for Jobs," Vestager told a conference in Berlin.

Google said it had made changes to the tool following feedback in Europe, including offering direct links to a choice of job sites and linking directly to job offers available only on a single site.

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Google’s job search tool faces complaints from rivals in Europe Job sites claim their own pages are being pushed down in search results . There are also fears that, in the future, Google may start running ads on the search tool, and the search giant could eventually cut these third-party job listing sites out entirely. © Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeGoogle’s tool appears if you search for terms relating to common job roles like “call center jobs.” Although it links out to various job listing sites where you can actually submit an application, the tool includes features of its own like the ability to save listings, filter results, and set up alerts.

Google Jobs search engine shows you all relevant career listings from any supported outlets all in one go. Originally rolled out just in the United States The first thing to understand with the Google for Jobs search tool is that there is no dedicated URL. If you are in the US or UK, you simply initiate a

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Vestager said the European Commission may adopt rules to rein in tech giants if they do not play fair.

"There's also a broader issue for our societies, of whether we think it's right for companies like Google and others to have such control over the success or failure of other companies, and be free to use that power in any way they like," she said.

"If we don't, then we may find that we need regulation, to make sure that these platforms use their power in a way that's fair and doesn't discriminate," Vestager said.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Louise Heavens and Kirsten Donovan)

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