Companies ask to the EC to act on alleged abuse of dominant position of Google

FairSearch platform, which brings together 17 companies from around the world for equality of conditions in the market for Web search, including Microsoft today urged the European Commission (EC) to take action against Google to consider abusing its dominant position in Europe.

FairSearch told a press conference in Brussels that Google positioned its products in a prominent location in searches without notice to users, and without applying their own criteria to establish algorithmic results.

“Google is offering its products without telling people what you are doing. And presents them in prominent places. What gives rise to the exclusion or marginalization of their competitors,” said FairSearch spokesman Thomas Vinje.

He noted that such practices, as well as being in his opinion contrary to European law, harm consumers in the sense that they believe that the head of his search to find the products are “more appropriate” when in reality are a product “worse”.

Specifically, FairSearch gave the example of several of its affiliates, such as TripAdvisor, Kayak or Expedia, specializing in travel searches, flights or hotels, they say be adversely affected by the position that Google gives in the results of their searches.

Also note that the product direct competitor to Google, such as “Google Flights” to search for tickets (most widespread in the U.S.), prevails at the top or in a prominent place in the quest to make the users.

FairSearch aims and add pressure to the decision that the Commission should take next in-depth research on Google for alleged open to monopolistic practices and discrimination to their competitors.

Brussels in early 2010 analyzed complaints against Google in three companies, the price comparison site Foundem British (ICOMP member of the organization, partly funded by Microsoft, and also the FairSearch own), the French legal information seeker eJustice. fr, and Microsoft web shopping Ciao!

In March last year Microsoft joined those companies and announced that he would report to Google for alleged antitrust practices, as it did a month before the French company 1plusV, owner of several Internet search engines.

Specifically, the EC wants to find out if Google penalizes competitors in online searches, both free and paid.

If that suspicion is confirmed, the Commission could send a statement of objections to the Internet giant with whatever aspects that may violate European rules on restrictive practices, with the expectation that the company make changes in their policies.