Google and EC 'reach antitrust understanding'
Formal announcement on long running dispute expected soon.
According to a report in the Financial Times, and reported here by GigaOm, Google is about to reach a deal with the European Commission over antitrust allegations.
The EC had questioned four aspects of Google's business practices:
- Was Google favouring its own products in search results?
- Was Google reproducing content without permission?
- Was Google using its market position to tell advertisers not to use other providers?
- Was Google ‘locking in' advertisers?
Google is thought to have offered to make 'significant changes to its business practices' although no details have emerged as yet.