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Google could face new multi-billion dollar fine from EU for Android app bundling

Over the last year, Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have come under increasing scrutiny for abusing its market dominance is various markets. In India, Google was probed for anti-competitive conduct after being caught altering search keywords and pointing them to its own services over those of competitors. If found guilty, the company could be penalized a maximum of $5 billion.

Towards the end of last year, Google faced fines in Russia after abusing its market dominance for prohibiting the pre-installation of Yandex and other third party apps. The company was to face a maximum penalty of 15 percent of its revenue in the Russian market, but earlier this week the decision was postponed until May 11, 2016.

In a new matter, Google has again drawn fire from European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager. Concerned over Google's first-party app bundling practice, which includes apps such as Gmail and Maps, requests for evidence against the company were made a month ago. In a sign that the Commission is close to finalizing charges, competition enforcers have requested participating entities to start redacting their evidence to maintain confidentiality.

If found guilty, Google could face a maximum fine of 10 percent of its parent company annual revenues which, for Alphabet, amounted to sizeable $73.6 billion.

These new charges would also add to those brought against Google last year for a raft of other anti-competition practices including content scraping from rival sites and unfair dealings with advertisers and developers.

Source: Politco.eu | Google logo via Gizmodo

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