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Google To Comply With EU Search Demands To Avoid More Fines ( 50

Google will comply with Europe's demands to change the way it runs its shopping search service, a rare instance of the internet giant bowing to regulatory pressure to avoid more fines. From a report: The Alphabet unit faced a Tuesday deadline to tell the European Union how it planned to follow an order to stop discriminating against rival shopping search services in the region. A Google spokeswoman said it is sharing that plan with regulators before the deadline expires, but declined to comment further. The EU fined Google a record 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in late June for breaking antitrust rules by skewing its general search results to unfairly favor its own shopping service over rival sites. The company had 60 days to propose how it would "stop its illegal content" and 90 days to make changes to how the company displays shopping results when users search for a product. Those changes need to be put in place by Sept. 28 to stave off a risk that the EU could fine the company 5 percent of daily revenue for each day it fails to comply. "The obligation to comply is fully Google's responsibility," the European Commission said in an emailed statement, without elaborating on what the company must do to comply.
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Google To Comply With EU Search Demands To Avoid More Fines

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  • Good. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fred6666 ( 4718031 ) on Tuesday August 29, 2017 @04:14PM (#55105597)

    A corporation obeys laws. The way it should be.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Obeying the law is much harder when they make the law as vague as possible, then just tell the company they are in violation and have to fix it - without telling them what "fixed" looks like.

      • 2.7B fine to ensure that Google will route your shopping click to search vendors making millions off from affiliate kickbacks. That's why these shopping search vendors are mad, it isn't the advertising revenue, it the up to 10% affiliate kickbacks they want. And you're a fool if you think stores paying large affiliate kickbacks have the lowest prices.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    You can't use the service you own to advertise your products over others? Huh?

    • Can they extend this to Comcast so that I don't have to watch hundreds of self serving ads tell me what a great and innovation company (uh monopoly) they are?

You will lose an important tape file.