Alphabet/Google subject to new abuse control applicable to large digital companies – Bundeskartellamt determines “paramount significance across markets”* The Bundeskartellamt has delivered its decision that Alphabet Inc., Mountain View, USA, and therefore also its subsidiary Google, is subject to extended abuse control by the competition authority. A newly introduced provision under the German Competition Act (Section 19a of the German Competition Act (GWB)), which entered into force in January 2021, enables the Bundeskartellamt to intervene earlier and more effectively, in particular against the practices of large digital companies. In a two-step approach the Bundeskartellamt can prohibit companies which are of paramount significance for competition across markets from engaging in
The German Competition Authority announces that the world’s biggest search engine and its holding company are subject to an extended abuse control by the Authority (Google / Alphabet)
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