Google publishes details of EU antitrust settlement

Washington, Feb. 15: Google has reportedly published full text of its antitrust settlement bid with the EU in a bid to quiet the critics, who have claimed that a third-party review of the settlement was necessary.

The move comes after the EU declined to conduct a full ‘market test’ by circulating the search giant’s commitments to the interested parties in the case.

According to The Verge, Google had reached a tentative agreement with European regulators, allowing that it would display search results from three of its competitors along with its own promoted results.

Although, the agreement was well-received by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, the decision to not conduct a full market test drew a flak from lobby groups Fairsearch and ICOMP, who called the settlement without a third-party review ‘a massive failure.’

The report said that publishing of the full details might ease fears from advocacy groups that Google is aiming to take advantage of its competitors.

The full-text of its 93-page proposal, outlines how Google ranks search results and how it displays results from its rivals, the report added. (ANI)