The French Competition Authority fines a research engine company for abuse of dominance in the search advertising market (Google)

The Autorité de la concurrence hands down a €150M fine for abuse of a dominant position* Google has abused its dominant position in the search advertising market by adopting operating rules of its Google Ads advertising platform which are opaque and difficult to understand and by applying them in an unfair and random manner. The Autorité de la concurrence hands down a €150M fine, and requires Google to clarify the wording of Google Ads’ operating rules, as well as the accounts suspension procedure. Background In the light of its decision published today, the Autorité de la concurrence considers that Google Ads operating rules imposed by Google on advertisers are established and applied under non-objective, non-transparent and discriminatory conditions. The opacity and lack of objectivity

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority fines a research engine company for abuse of dominance in the search advertising market (Google), 19 December 2019, e-Competitions December 2019, Art. N° 92809

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