Google fined record-breaking €2.42 billion by European Commission

Following a seven-year investigation into Google’s Shopping service, the European Commission has today announced a €2.42 billion fine against Google. The Commission has found that Google breached EU antitrust rules by using its market dominance as a search engine to give its Shopping service an illegal advantage. The Commission has ordered that Google end this practice…

The Times reports on the EU’s antitrust investigation into Google’s practices

The Times[1] reports that price comparison websites across Europe are gearing up to take follow-on damages actions against Google. This is in light of the expectation that the EU, following a seven-year investigation, will issue a decision in the cases it has been investigating, and potentially a considerable fine on the multinational.   The newspaper…

Margrethe Vestager’s speech on Competition Policy for the Technology Sector

On 16th March 2017 EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager made an important speech concerning competition policy for the technology sector. She spoke about the way that computer algorithms are being used in ways that could facilitate breach of the law.  Her comments covered issues arising from the Google investigation, concerns raised about social media and,…