Germany launches antitrust probe into Google


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Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into allegations of uncompetitive and judge-run misconduct by Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Germany launches antitrust probe into Google

Germany’s antitrust agency today announced it has launched an investigation into Google’s European units and parent company Alphabet over allegations of uncompetitive practices.

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office said it would consider whether tech giant Google gave users sufficient options for how it uses its data after similar measures were taken against Amazon and Facebook this year. They will also conduct an in-depth analysis of Google’s data processing requirements to see if Alphabet has a “strategic advantage” from the information it collects from users.

Andreas Mundt, president of the Federal Cartel Office, said: “Due to the large number of digital services offered by Google, such as the Google search engine, YouTube, Google Maps, Android operating system or Chrome browser, it can be considered extremely important for the company’s cross-market competition. For other companies, it is often very difficult to challenge this power,” he said.

Google has not yet commented on the German investigation.

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