EU launching legal action against Google

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After a five year probe, the European Union is formally accusing Google of cheating consumers. The EU says the internet giant took advantage of competitors and shoppers – by manipulating search results. CCTV’s Jack Parrock filed this report from Brussels.

EU launching legal action against Google

EU launching legal action against Google

After a five year probe, the European Union is formally accusing Google of cheating consumers. The EU says the internet giant took advantage of competitors and shoppers - by manipulating search results. CCTV's Jack Parrock filed this report from Brussels.

Highlights:

  • Google has a 90 percent market share of internet searching in Europe.
  • The European Union says it is using its position as a search engine to bolster other business interests by displaying its own services above commercial rivals.
  • Google now has ten weeks to respond to the charge.
  • A similar scale competition case against Microsoft which lasted 10 years resulted in them paying 2.2 billion euro in fines – Google is liable to pay up to 6 billion.