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Sunday 20 August 2017

EU files complaint against Google

Google is the subject of a complaint from the EU's competition chief
Google is the subject of a complaint from the EU's competition chief

The European Union's competition chief is filing a complaint alleging Google has been abusing its dominance in internet searches and is opening a probe into its Android mobile system.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she is "concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service".

Ms Vestager said the separate anti-trust probe into Android will investigate whether the internet giant relies on anti-competitive deals and abuses its dominant position in Europe's mobile market.

Ms Vestager said her chief goal was to make sure multinationals "do not artificially deny European consumers as wide a choice as possible or stifle innovation".

Google's general counsel Kent Walker wrote that a "statement of objections" to Google's business practices was to be released by Ms Vestager.

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