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Google faces EU scrutiny on competition complaints

business Updated: Feb 24, 2010 22:57 IST

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European Union antitrust regulators are looking into complaints filed by three online companies against Google that may lead to a formal investigation into the search-engine giant’s business practices.

The European Commission, tasked with ensuring that companies do not abuse any dominant position in the 27-country EU, can fine firms up to 10 per cent of their revenues for violations. It has to date imposed billions of euros in fines against Intel and Microsoft for abuse of market dominance.

“The commission can confirm that it has received three complaints against Google which it is examining. The commission has not opened a formal investigation for the time being,” the EU executive said.

It did not identify the companies. Google said earlier that British price comparison site Foundem and French legal search engine ejustice.fr had alleged that its search algorithm demoted their sites in Web search results because they were rivals.

It said Microsoft-owned Ciao from Bing had complained about its standard terms and conditions.