EU to hit Google fine of more than €1.1bn over monopoly abuse case.


After the seven years EU to hit Google with a record fine for abusing its monopoly over internet search.

The commission will hand Google a record fine for breaking EU competition law, saying it used its dominant search engine to unfairly promote the Google Shopping service at the expense of smaller price comparison websites.

The penalty will eclipse the previous €1.1bn (£1bn) record fine Intel was forced to pay in 2009 and the EU may also demand that Google make changes to its search results so that it is not seen to favour its own service.

The decision will be a milestone moment in Google’s lengthy battle with the EU, as well as a critical point in relations between the US and Brussels, which has become increasingly concerned about the power of Silicon Valley’s internet companies. Google is also fighting two other competition cases with the commission that could see it hit with heavy fines.


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