Time record for Google, unfortunately. Company belonging to Alphabet could receive a historical fine by the European Union in a struggle that is prolonged in recent years. 3,300 million euros would be the number that Google should pay in the coming weeks due to antitrust sanctions.
The information published yesterday the Daily Telegraph, which echoed the possible action of the European Union. As reported by the newspaper, it is an investigation that began seven years ago and now ends with this statement of abuse of dominance by Google, although during the last April mentioned the possibility of this sanction.
According to the European Union, Google has used its dominant position to benefit their own services (Google Shopping) and thus hinder the free market competition. Apparently, the company has favored their own purchasing services in search results harm the growth of rival companies.
These 3,300 million euros fine by the European Union would be a new record, since the highest penalty imposed to the present Intel received it in 2009 for anti-competitive actions (1.1 billion euros). By now believed that the fine could haunt the 3,300 million, although the figure could rise to 6.6 billion euros, equivalent to tenth of sales from Google.
The European Union, apparently, are tired of negotiating with a company that is not intended to reach any agreement and only aims to delay the end of the case. So he has decided to already start the folding of the sanctioning mechanism. According to people close to the case, and after several failed attempts to reach an agreement, Google has no intentions of defending himself at the following charges:
- Forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Chrome and Google Search, and set to the latter as default search service. This was the mandatory requirement for manufacturers to have access to some Google Apps licensing.
- Encourage manufacturers and operators to install exclusively the search engine of Google and not other services from the competition.
- Prevent the sale of smartphones manufacturers with modifications of Android-based software.
For now neither party has declared in reference to this possible fine, which is expected to be effective within the next month. It seems that the European Union is tired of waiting and will impose a great corrective to Google, something that will result in a warning to other technology companies who commit the same crimes.