For two years now the European Commission examines complaints against Google, claiming that the search engine tempers with its search results in order to favour Google-owned services.
Several internet companies, including Microsoft Corp., had filed complaints against Google, accusing the service of antitrust techniques. As such, the U.S. regulators decided to open an investigation of their own. Their decision came on Thursday the 3rd, 2012, and favored the search giant by stating there is not enough evidence to support such a case.
However, the regulators’ decision is not enough for the European Commission, who said, through Michael Jennings, that:
“We have taken note of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) decision, but we don’t see that it has any direct implications for our investigation, for our discussions with Google, which are ongoing.”
To counter these allegations, Google came with informal settlement proposals to the European Commission back in July 2012.
Five months later, more specifically on December the 18th, the commission gave the internet company a month to gather and forward detailed proposals so that the investigation is concluded.
If found guilty or if the search engine fails to deliver, the company risks paying a fine equal to 10% of their revenues.