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Sport Google reportedly back in EU's antitrust crosshairs

23:50  01 december  2019
23:50  01 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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  Google reportedly manipulates its search results way more than it wants you to believe As an antitrust investigation led by state attorneys general expands from advertising to take a closer look at Google's search practices, which we told you about on Thursday, the results of a newspaper investigation published on Friday may add even more fuel to that fire. Specifically, it's a report that probes all the ways the search giant manipulates the results that you see -- in ways that contradict Google's insistence that it doesn't tipThe investigation was published by The Wall Street Journal and based on more than 100 interviews, as well as what the Journal said was its own testing of Google Search.

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Google Inc may face closer scrutiny as EU regulators take a careful look at allegations of antitrust breaches in relation to internet searches. No decision has been made yet on whether the commission will start an antitrust investigation of Google , Almunia said during a question and answer session

Antitrust regulators for the European Commission are conducting an investigation of Google's data-collection practices, Reuters reported Saturday. The action suggests the EU isn't convinced that its recent record fine on the search giant had the desired effect.

a hand holding a cell phone screen with text: Google has run afoul of EU competition rules before. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images© Provided by CNET Google has run afoul of EU competition rules before. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

An EU executive told the news agency that it's seeking information on how and why the company collects data. The EU is particularly focused on local search services, online advertising and web browsers, among other issues, according to a document seen by Reuters.

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Google reportedly faces the threat of separate antitrust probes by FTC and the U. S . Senate. Watch CBSN Live. Google in the antitrust crosshairs . By Larry Dignan. After all, companies under the antitrust microscope try to stay out of trouble and that means paring back their natural competitive

Google in antitrust crosshairs . Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Google , which controls around 65 per cent of the lucrative US internet search market, has been the target of numerous antitrust investigations by the FTC and the US Department of Justice in recent years.

"The Commission has sent out questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google's practices relating to Google's collection and use of data. The preliminary investigation is ongoing," the EU regulator told Reuters.

The investigation comes as Google and other Silicon Valley giants face increased scrutiny from government officials and regulators in the US. The Justice Department in July announced an antitrust probe into the tech industry more broadly, targeting Google, Apple , Facebook and Amazon. Meanwhile, House Democrats in June announced their own investigation into tech giants, meant to explore whether the companies are engaging in "anti-competitive conduct."

a hand holding a cell phone: Google has run afoul of EU competition rules before.© Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Google has run afoul of EU competition rules before.

EU investigates Google data collection practices

  EU investigates Google data collection practices No, European antitrust regulators still aren't done looking into Google's practices. The European Commission told Reuters in a statement that it's conducting a "preliminary investigation" into Google's data collection. While it didn't go into detail, a leaked document indicated that the focuses were on local search, ads (including ad targeting), sign-in services and web browsers, among "others." It's covering the core of Google's businesses, toWe've asked Google for comment. In the past, it explained that it used data to improve its services and gave users controls to manage and delete their info.

The EU will finally charge Google in antitrust investigation. Five years ago the European Union began an investigation into whether Google violated its antitrust laws. Now it has finally brought charges against the company as well as open a new investigation into Google ' s Android operating

Its antitrust unit has fined Google 4.3 billion euros ( billion) and ordered the company, a unit of. The EU said Google has strong-armed device makers into pre-installing its Google search and Thwarting alternative versions of Android operating systems has held back opportunities for the

The EU probe comes less than a year after the search giant was hit with a $1.7 billion fine from the European Commission in March for "abusive" online ad practices. The Commission said Google exploited its dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search ads on third-party websites.

It was the EU's third fine against Google in three years and brought the company's total bill to 8.2 billion euros ($9 billion) following almost a decade of investigations into its shopping practices, Android rules and advertising dominance.

Representatives for Google and the EU didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Google's Fitbit acquisition could face DOJ antitrust probe .
The agency is concerned about the search giant's access to consumers' health data.The agency is concerned about consumer data, especially health information, that Google could access through the Fitbit buyout. Google's mergers have historically been reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, the other US agency in charge of antitrust oversight. But since the Justice Department is undergoing a broader probe of Google, the agency will also look into the Fitbit deal, said the Post.

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