The European Union’s competition authority last year rejected an offer from Google regarding anti-trust issues. EC Commission at that time said that they expect more concessions from Google. EU rejected Google’s offering based on the updated arguments and data on how the Google proposed settlement would be problematic. Microsoft on its part, conducted a study on Google’s proposed changes and concluded that users would click Google’s services 99 times more likely than competitor’s links in the proposal submitted by Google.
Today, WSJ reported that Europe’s competition regulator is preparing to file charges against Google in the next few weeks. The European Commission has been asking companies that filed complaints against Google for permission to publish some information they previously submitted confidentially during this trial. In fact, Microsoft faced similar charges from EU a decade ago and paid €1.7 billion in fines through 2012. In addition to the complaints that Google is abusing its dominance in the European search market, Google also faces several other complaints like “scraping” content from rivals’ sites, and unfairly restricting advertisers and software developers who do business with it and others. It will be interesting to see European Union’s charges against Google.