The EU Commission fines a search engine for market dominance by promoting its comparison shopping service (Google shopping)

On 27 June 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) penalized Google for having abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping, over rival services. The Commission explained that it: "does not object to the design of Google’s generic search algorithms or to demotions [of rivals] as such [but] it objects to the fact that Google has leveraged its market dominance in general internet search into a separate market, comparison shopping." In addition to a € 4.2 billion fine, the Commission required Google: "to respect the simple principle of equal treatment in its search results for its own comparison shopping product and rival comparison shopping products. Google has to apply the same processes and methods to position

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Thomas Höppner, The EU Commission fines a search engine for market dominance by promoting its comparison shopping service (Google shopping), 27 June 2017, e-Competitions June 2017, Art. N° 96502

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