The EU Commission fines a big tech company €2.42 billion for abusing its dominant position as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to its comparison shopping service (Google)

In 2017 the European Commission imposed a record €2.4bn fine on Google for abusing its dominant position in online search by giving preferential treatment to its own comparison shopping service. Such complex cases of leveraging of market power also arise in other digital markets and raise several questions. How should competition authorities weigh benefits to consumers against harm to competition and competitors? How can competition concerns be remedied without affecting incentives to innovate? Joanne wants to buy a pair of running shoes online. Google is her default search engine when she opens her browser. She types in ‘women’s running shoes’ and immediately gets a screen full of options, at the top of which are a series of colorful shoe images with blue links and prices. The

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Avantika Chowdhury, The EU Commission fines a big tech company €2.42 billion for abusing its dominant position as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to its comparison shopping service (Google), 27 June 2017, e-Competitions June 2017, Art. N° 100820

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