Google investigation launched in Germany

AA | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 13:54 | Last Updated: 25 05 2021 – 13:54

The German competition agency Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation against Google Germany, Google Ireland and Google’s parent company Alphabet, into whether it has abused its market-dominated position.

“We will see if Google offers enough choices about how to use the data it collects from users,” the Federal Cartel Agency (The Bundeskartellamt) said in a statement. evaluation was included.

In the statement of the Cartel Office, it was stated that the company is extremely important in terms of competition between the markets due to the large number of digital services offered by Google such as search engine, YouTube, map, Android operating system or Chrome browser.

On the other hand, the Federal Cartel Office launched an investigation into whether Amazon was abusing the market-dominated situation in online shopping on May 18.

Meanwhile, with the enactment of changes to the antitrust law on digital companies in Germany in January 2021, the Federal Cartel Office was given more power to determine the market dominance of companies and prohibit certain anti-competitive practices.