Expedia and TripAdvisor file EU complaint against Google

Apr 03, 2012
The travel websites Expedia and TripAdvisor have filed complaints as part of a probe into whether Google is abusing its position on the Internet, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday.

The travel websites Expedia and TripAdvisor have filed complaints as part of a probe into whether Google is abusing its position on the Internet, a European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday.

With the complaints recently filed by Expedia and TripAdvisor "we have received 13 complaints as part of the we opened in 2010," Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani.

Sources familiar with the probe said the complaints concerned Google Flight, which like and TripAdvisor allows users to search for, and purchase, airline tickets online.

The Commission opened in November 2010 a probe into whether Google, the top web search engine, was rigging the online search market.

The EU said it had received several complaints by smaller companies of "unfavourable treatment" of their services in both unpaid and sponsored search results, the crucial listings that make the web navigable.

Competition authorities said they would also probing whether Google's own services -- including YouTube video, book-scanning or telephony -- were getting "preferential placement" when users punch in , some of which may lead to consumer spending.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said last week that the Commission's initial findings would be ready in April.

Explore further: Is it too late to protect privacy? Pessimism reigns over big data and the law

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google defends local search results

Dec 13, 2010

Google on Monday defended its local search results in the face of a Wall Street Journal report of complaints that the firm favors its online content over that of rivals.

Google hit by new anti-trust complaint in Europe

Jan 24, 2012

The French online shopping website Twenga has filed a complaint against Google at the European Commission, accusing the Internet search giant of abusing its dominant position to eliminate any competition.

EU probing trio of Google complaints

Feb 24, 2010

European regulators said on Wednesday that they are investigating complaints filed by three web companies that contend the US Internet giant Google is not playing fair.

Expedia to spin off TripAdvisor

Apr 08, 2011

Online travel giant Expedia announced plans on Thursday to spin off TripAdvisor into a separate publicly traded company later this year.

IBM offers concession in EU antitrust case

Sep 20, 2011

(AP) -- U.S. computer maker IBM Corp. on Tuesday offered to make it easier for competitors to provide maintenance services for its mainframe computers, a concession to get European regulators to close an antitrust probe.

Recommended for you

A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

17 hours ago

Sure, you have a lot to do today—laundry, bills, dinner—but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.

Web filter lifts block on gay sites

17 hours ago

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

Sep 16, 2014

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

Apple helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

Sep 15, 2014

Apple on Monday began helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

User comments : 0