Google makes proposals to counter EU antitrust fears

Suzie Neuwirth

THE EU antitrust regulator has today invited feedback on Google’s online search engine, due to concerns that the company is abusing its dominant market position in the region.

The concerns surround the favourable treatment given to Google’s own specialised web services compared to competing services and its use of third party content without permission.

The tech software giant operates a number of specialised search services, such as Google Shopping, Google News and Google Flights.

Interested parties can submit comments on the issue within one month.

Google has made proposals to counter the competition concerns, including labels to its own promoted links so that users can distinguish them from natural search results and an opt-out option for websites so that they can choose not to be part of Google’s specialised search services.

Google has a market share of over 90 per cent in the European Economic Area.