EU: Google shouldn't discriminate against opt-outs

Europe's top regulator says he has asked Google not to discriminate against companies that don't want it to use their content in Google's specialized search results, such as price comparison for plane tickets or reviews of restaurants.

Joaquin Almunia said during a speech in Paris Monday that the Internet search giant currently "creates a link" between sites that cooperate with the practice known as "scraping" and how the sites appear on Google's general .

"I have asked Google to sever this link" to improve competition, he said.

Almunia heads the of the executive arm of the European Union, which is investigating Google.

Google has offered to let companies opt out of its specialized results without consequences for their general results ranking, but has not yet implemented that.


Explore further

European commission: decision on Google in weeks

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: EU: Google shouldn't discriminate against opt-outs (2013, December 9) retrieved 16 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-eu-google-shouldnt-discriminate-opt-outs.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more