Google to be sued by Fairsearch coalition in Europe

10 April, 2013 | Comments (157) | Post your comment

Tags: Samsung, Android, AT&T

The coalition, a group of 17 companies, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle, have united under the common banner of fair competition in online and mobile search, or, by extension, against the undisputed search leader: Google.

Fairsearch accuses Google of violating several criteria for transparent and ethical search, including the ability to let consumers choose which services to use. Google allegedly imposes restrictions on services when using the Android platform, giving greater priority to the ones it provides.

Fairsearch also accuses Google of manipulating the search results with its search algorithm, which gives precedence to Google's own sites and services, or provides results which are biased towards advertisers and away from the best interests of consumers.

In a message to the European Commission, the coalitions' counsel Thomas Vinje accused Google of deceiving its partners regarding the Android mobile OS by trying to "monopolize the mobile market, and control consumer data. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system."

While this may, in large part, be an almost desperate attempt by the 17 companies to delve away at Google's 98%(!) search dominance on mobiles, it does bring to light several questions in regards to how much we trust the giant to provide unbiased search results.

So far it's just a bunch of big words from Fairsearch, as there is no trial date set or official response from Google, but we'll let you know as this story develops.

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Google to be sued by Fairsearch coalition in Europe - reader comments

  • Anonymous

LOL.. microsoft and nokia have done the same monopoly in the past 10 years!!! so what!! and google never say a word!!!! if now they do terrible products of course nobody buy it!! googles products are now the real deal, so what!!... wtf is this pathet...

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  • 2013-04-26 10:24
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  • Anonymous

monopoly is given such a bad reputation bfecause it does make it almost impossible for anyone to compete and gives the company almost no accountability when itcomes toprice fixing or un-ethical practises

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  • 2013-04-12 11:47
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  • Jack Package

Here's the universal truth : Google search gets the job done with no BS miles ahead of the nearest competitor, not to forget an array of its excellent services like google maps and of course android OS. Unfair? Try competitive.

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  • 2013-04-12 08:42
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