The European Union’s antitrust head Margrethe Vestager won’t rule out breaking up Google, saying the EU has “grave suspicions”
Reuters, citing comments Vestager made to the U.K.’s Telegraph, reported Vestager said the ability to break Google up has to remain a real threat. The comments come as Google faces new rules from the European Union on its practices with small businesses that use Google services. Meanwhile, Reuters noted that in 2017, the antitrust head said that additional cases against the Internet search giant were likely to happen. Those comments come months after the European Commission levied Google with a record $2.97 billion fine and told it to no longer favor its shopping service over others. In June the EC determined that Google cooked its search results so as to benefit its own shopping services — and disadvantage the services of others. Apart from the hefty fine, the EC gave Google 90 days to “stop its illegal conduct” and offer other price comparison services the chance to compete on a balanced playing field.
The European Commission is also currently creating new regulations for eCommerce, app stores and search engines. The idea behind the new rules is to get the companies to be more transparent