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EU Wants Google to Remove Search from Other Services

News by Luke Jones on Saturday November 22, 2014.

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Google has fallen foul of authorities in Europe on numerous occasions and the latest war between the search giant and the European Union is just warming up. The "right to be forgotten" regulations imposed on Google seem to be just the beginning as the Financial Times is reporting that the EU is going to try to force Google to unbundle it search business (its chief income source) from all its other services.

That means Google will have to keep Search and all the data it acquires about users separately from its other major services such as Drive, Google Maps, Android, and Gmail. The parliament is also having another go at stopping Google advertising its services as priority in search results, a move it has discussed in the past.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services" should be considered as a potential solution to Google?s dominance,?" the publication writes. "The European parliament has no formal power to split up companies, but has increasing influence on the commission, which initiates all EU legislation. The commission has been investigating concerns over Google's dominance of online search for five years, with critics arguing that the company's rankings favor its own services, hitting its rivals' profits.

Google has yet to comment on this latest clash, but the company has expressed in the past that it is against the proposed measures and has even said it would not comply with similar restrictions in the past. Of course, losing the right to put search next to other services would seriously harm how much money Google rakes in, so expect Mountain View to fight this tooth and nail.

source: Financial Times

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