Germany launches probe into Google

Friday, 04. June 2021 10:14

Germany's competition regulating agency Bundeskartellamt launched on Friday proceedings against Alphabet Inc.'s Google to investigate breaches in the country's competition law by the company's Google News Showcase.

Following earlier examinations, the watchdog stated that they are looking into whether integrating Google News Showcase into Google's general search function constitutes "self-preferencing or an impediment to the services offered by competing third parties." Additionally, they are investigating whether contractual conditions include unreasonable demands from publishers participating in the service, particularly whether it makes enforcing copyright rules for press publishers harder.

Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, commented on the probe: "Cooperating with Google can be an attractive option for publishers and other news providers and offer consumers new or improved information services. However, it must be ensured that this will not result in discrimination between individual publishers."

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