Europe Hits Google With $5 Billion Android Antitrust Fine

Europe Hits Google With $5 Billion Android Antitrust Fine

by  @mp_joemandese, July 18, 2018

Europe Hits Google With $5 Billion Android Antitrust Fine | DeviceDaily.com

At a time when America’s big digital media platforms are bracing for fines related to Europe’s new consumer data privacy regulations, the European Commission has fined Google the old fashioned way — for antitrust.

The commission this morning announced a record $5 billion fineagainst Google as part of an eight-year antitrust probe into the business practices it has used to give its Android operating system a dominant market position.

The commission charged that Google’s restrictive licensing practices benefit its own service on Android devices, precluding competitors from gaining access.

The decision brings to $7.8 billion the total fines levied by Europe against Google, including the $2.8 billion fine it issued last year related to Google’s “Google Shopping” search services.

Observers expect more European fines to be issued soon, related to Google’s online display advertising contracts.

MediaPost.com: Search Marketing Daily

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