The Open Internet Project (OIP) demands end of discrimination in Google services

Paris, August 29th 2017 – Today, the 60 days deadline ends for Google to provide a first report on how it intends to implement the remedies imposed by the European Commission in its Google Search decision of June 27th to bring its abuse of dominance to an end.

OIP’s members encourage the European Commission to insist on efficient measures: Considering the scope and gravity of the identified infringement of EU law, Google has the duty to proactively adjust its search mechanisms to ensure equal treatment of all services  in all commercial areas throughout the EU.

The OIP’s members expect Google to propose corrective measures that sufficiently ensure equal treatment regarding all elements of search, including the indexing, crawling and displaying of web content. Based on the principle of equal treatment, Google has to apply the same mechanisms and procedures to all web services including its own.. These non-discriminatory measures will give consumers a genuine choice between Google’s own services and those of competing providers in the areas of shopping, travel, flight, news, images, maps or local.

Welcoming the 20 joining members of ICOMP, who for the first time take part in OIP’s General Assembly in July, OIP’s members reiterate their appreciation for Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s determination and encourage the European Commission to carefully analyse Google’s proposals in order to ensure a fair play field on internet markets.

About the OIP:

The Open Internet Project (OIP) was founded by several European Digital Players in May 2014 to demand the ban of Google’s manipulative favoring of own services and content. If a business cannot be found online, it cannot be competitive. If Google’s services always appear most prominently, irrespective of their relevance, consumers may not find the most relevant offerings. Since Google operates both a monopoly search engine and non-search related services, it has an incentive and the ability to use its search engine to divert consumers to its other offerings. This behavior gives Google a competitive advantage that no concurrent can fight. The association aims at addressing any form of distortion of competition and threats to user privacy by dominant market players. In May 2015, it submitted a formal complaint against Google’s preferential treatment of own services and provided evidence why Google’s settlement proposals were ineffective. In February 2017, OIP submitted a further complaint against Google’s bundling of services to its internet browser Android. This investigation is still pending.

Contact:

Léonidas Kalogeropoulos, Delegate General: +33 6 07 31 51 26 – l.k@mediation-arguments.com

Caroline Blanchard, Advisor: + 33 1 53 45 91 91 – c.blanchard@mediation-arguments.com

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