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Google fined $5 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules

Jaclyn Jaeger | July 18, 2018

The European Commission on July 18 fined Google €4.34 billion (U.S. $5.05 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules.

Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device makers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy.

“They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere,” Vestager said. “This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.” The Commission’s case concerns three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device makers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine, she said.

Specifically, according to the Commission, Google:

  • Required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (...
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