The French competition regulator has fined the American company Google €150 million for abuse of its dominant position in search advertising. This was reported on the website of the regulator published on Friday, December 20.
Google has abused its dominant position in the market of search advertising by adopting opaque and difficult to understand rules of its advertising platform Google Ads and applying them in an unfair and random manner,” the report says.
In this regard, Google was fined €150 million, and the French antitrust authority instructed the company to clarify the spelling of the rules of the platform Google Ads and the procedure for termination of accounts.
Earlier, on December 1, antitrust authorities of the European Union launched an investigation into data collection by Google. Special attention was paid to the way the company handled the information.
Over the past two years, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has imposed fines totaling over €8 billion on Google.
On September 4, Google and YouTube were fined $170 million for collecting personal information about children without their parents’ permission.