EU case against Google could have global implications

Google, which is under investigation by the EU Competition Commission for allegedly promoting its own services over rivals’ as well for copying material from other websites, could be forced to change its practices worldwide, according to Reuters.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday,  EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said, “We will look for worldwide solutions, it will not be very useful to get European-wide solutions.”

To comply with the Commission’s demands and avoid a lengthy and potentially very costly court battle – Microsoft was fined more than a billion euros by the Commission – the search giant has reportedly revised its concession proposal to encompass all platforms, including computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

Google spokesman Al Verney said the company is “continuing to work cooperatively with the European Commission.”

Google’s search engine is responsible for nearly 80 percent of all Internet searches in Europe.

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