Stock News: New EU Chief to Limit Google (NASDAQ GOOG) Competition Probe

Margrethe Vestager, the new antitrust commissioner of the European Union (EU) wants to limit their investigation on the allegations against Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) on problems related to competition. According to Vestager, their investigation cannot address many of the concerns voiced against the search engine giant in public debate regarding its alleged anti-competitive practices.

“Our current investigations involving Google are among the most discussed in the media. The sheer amount of data controlled by Google gives rise to a series of societal challenges“. Vestager emphasized that she has been following the investigations against Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) “very closely” prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Competition.

Privacy is one of the most pressing concerns. Media pluralism is another. Not all of these challenges are primarily economic in nature and not all of them are competition related. We will have to limit ourselves to what we identify as competition problems,” said Commissioner Vestagr.

Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) News: Competition Probe

The antitrust chief believed that it is necessary to conduct new discussions with all the market players directly affected by the case against the search engine giant. Commissioner Vestager pointed out that the parties have important questions about access to markets—a vital interest to all market players and have significant impact to consumers.

“To decide how to take our investigations forward, I need to know what those most directly affected by the practices in question have to say. I need to have a representative sample of views of those concerned. Also, we are talking about fast moving markets – I have to be sure that we have all the facts up to date to get it right…,” said Commissioner Vestager.

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Early this year, Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) reached a deal to end the EU antitrust case under the leadership of former Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. At the time, the former antitrust chief said the search engine giants’ concession were far-reaching and have clear potential to level the competition in the online search and advertising markets.

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