FILE PHOTO: A logo is displayed at Google’s European Engineering Center in zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, July 19, 2018.REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
PARIS (Reuters) – the French competition authority fined Google (GOOGL.D) to 150 million euros ($167 million) for anti-competitive behaviour, and to account for the fact that it is unclear as to advertise on the Google Ads on that page.
The fine comes as France and other European countries, while maintaining a high degree of control of the large AMERICAN technology companies such as Google, Facebook (FB.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) and Amazon (AMZN.D), which are often criticized for the fact that it has relatively low property taxes.
In September, Google agreed to pay almost 1 billion euros to the French authorities in order to settle a tax evasion probe, which began four years ago.
Google, the largest search engine on the internet, it also has a lot to do with the growing control over the content of which encourages the actual search results and ads.
The artist, the Silva, the head of the French competition authority, told a press conference that Google’s dominance in the online advertising industry had so-called “special”, with the U. S company, with a market share of around 90% in this area.
Google said that it will appeal the fine.
In January, France’s data protection watchdog had fined Google € 50 million for violations of European Union privacy rules.
The French guard dog in January, ruling that Google’s lack of transparency and clarity in the manner in which the user is informed about the processing of personal data, and did not have their consent for personalized advertisements.
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Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; editing by David Evans