After a five-year antitrust investigation the European Commission is to launch a new probe into Google in the next few weeks over concerns the company was using its web search monopoly unfairly to hurt competitors, according to media reports.
The European Union’s top antitrust authority had asked companies that have complained in the past about unfair competition from Google, for permission to publish some confidential information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The move was regarded by antitrust experts as a strong indication that formal antitrust charges are being prepared.
Search services such as comparison shopping sites, travel search engines and sites for finding local services are among those who complained. They claim Google has too much control over how Europeans access information over the internet.