Beacon Transcript – Google responds to the European Union antitrust claims as the commission accused the Internet giant of promoting its own services at the detriment of its competitors and possibly even harming its users.
The European Commission’s quest to ensure its user’s safety is not a new one as the commission has been in a years-long debate with the giant company Google.
The European Union first started looking into and investigating the various services offered by the company some six years back. At the time, the European Commission (EC) object of investigation was the Google Shopping service.
Although the inquiry spanned over a number of years, the EC only formally released its antitrust claims last year as April 2015 saw them issue a formal Statement of Objections.
In July 2016, the EC also added further objections to the statement which targeted the AdSense Google service.
Both the former and latter objections featured antitrust claims according to which Google was thought to be using its user dominance in the area in order to promote its products and denounce its competition.
The EC reported anticompetitive behavior was also the reason which determined the commission to open a future investigation which will target the Android operating system, run by the same Google.
The EU will be looking into and analyzing the company’s use of the Android market and seek to see if it is using the platform in their favor and at the expense of other industry players.
As Google had already denied such accusation, the company issued a formal response which rejects the EC antitrust claims and offers arguments as to the service’s neutrality.
According to the company, the Google Shopping service does not harm its online sector competitors and that the charges inquired do not reflect the customers’ online shopping habits.
With the EC accusing the service of the blocking innovation of the online shopping market by promoting its own services at the detriment of both customers and competition, Google dismissed the claims and argued their viability.
The Internet giant considers that the commission lacks both a factual and a legal basis and that the EC does not properly see the online shopping habits of the users.
According to Google’s general counsel, Kent Walker, the company does not consider itself to have affected the quality or user degree of relevance of their displayed information, and instead, claims to have improved it.
Google has now denounced the official antitrust claims and also declared that they will not be explaining themselves in a case which reportedly lacks evidence and could potentially do a disservice to its users.
However, the company also stated that they are open and will continue the EC discussions so as to resolve the problems raised by the commission.
Google’s statement also responded to the later added AdSense Statement of Objections claims and will have to offer an official response before November 11 in the Android system case.
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