Monday, November 24, 2014

Europeans Have Authority To Seek Google Break Up Though Unlikely To Do So [Search Engine Land]

Final paragraphs of a Google + European regulation reality check

"US regulators found that Google search was not a monopoly and declined to pursue a sweeping structural remedy against the company. Thus a decision to try and separate Google’s search business from other parts of the company would be difficult to accomplish on multiple levels and would only pertain to the company’s European operations, adding further complexity.

Vestager is likely to recognize the practical and legal challenges of what the European Parliament is calling for. It’s unlikely then that she and her organization will go down that path. But they also probably know the current settlement proposal is dead.

It’s now self-evident that something more “demanding” of Google will be required. But what that will be is not yet clear."
Europeans Have Authority To Seek Google Break Up Though Unlikely To Do So
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