Last Week It Was Dodgy Revenue Claims This Week Google Face $3.6B Fine
Last week the head of Google operations in Australia was accused of lying to a Federal Senate hearing about the Companies revenues, this week the Company is facing a record $3.6B fine for trying to nobble their competition by discriminating against rival shopping searches.
Later tonight Google will have to tell the European Union how it plans to comply with an order to stop the persistant discrimination which appears to b have become a standard practise for Google management who are also attempting to destroy the Australian media industry with their questionable practises.
Bloomberg claims that the EU gave the Alphabet Inc. unit 60 days to propose how it would “stop its illegal content” and 90 days to make changes to how the company displays shopping search results when users start seeking a product. Those changes need to be put in place by Sept. 28 to stave off a risk that the EU could fine the company 5 percent of daily revenue for each day it fails to comply.
“The obligation to comply is fully Google’s responsibility,” the European Commission said in an emailed statement, without elaborating on what the company must do to comply. Google declined to comment.
The onus is on Google to find a solution that satisfies regulators, who’ve learned from past battles with Microsoft. and Intel. Microsoft’s failure to obey a 2004 antitrust order and charge reasonable fees for software licenses saw it fined 899 million euros four years later. Microsoft argued that its prices were fair and it shouldn’t be compelled to give away patented innovation.
Intel’s lawyer said in 2009 that he was “mystified” on what regulators wanted the company to do to comply with an order to halt anti-competitive rebates for chip sales to computer makers. Intel may finally receive clarity when the EU’s top court rules on its legal challenge to a 1.06 billion euro fine on Sept. 6.
The EU now has a month to check if Google’s planned changes will fit the bill. Regulators are also expected to levy fines in separate investigations into Google’s Android mobile-phone software — possibly later this year — and the AdSense advertising service. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s antitrust chief, has also threatened further probes on travel or map services.
Regulators sought technical help in June to evaluate how Google complies with the order, setting a budget of up to 10 million euros to pay for experts in search engine optimization and search engine marketing.