The European Commission has officially accused Google of unfair and monopolistic search practices and concerns regarding the way the giant company affects competition. The authorities have also launched an investigation into Google’s mobile service through Android apps and services.
The EU authorities have been investigating Google for years, and oftentimes the company has found itself at odds with regulators over privacy, competition, monopolistic practices and so on. After earlier reports this month hinting at this possibility, the Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to the company, which now has ten weeks to reply.
While this is far from a done deal, this step does represent a formal accusation from the European authorities. Google will now be required to address these concerns and change some of its practices or face further legal action and fines.