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EU: Google may fall under watch of independent monitor

 |  November 8, 2013

Since the leak by Consumer Watchdog of Google’s second round of confession proposals submitted to the European Commission, reports are emerging that Google may be looking to have an independent monitor oversee the implementations of the proposals.

Google has been under investigation by the European Commission since 2010 for allegations of abuse of dominance. Its first concessions submission was slammed by rivals and ultimately rejected by the Commission earlier this year.

Following the leak, reports say Google is proposing a “monitoring trustee” to oversee the implementation of the offer, which includes providing links to rivals’ services in its search results. Such an external monitor mirrors earlier requirements against Apple, Inc. by US authorities for its role in fixing eBooks prices, which included the establishment of an independent, third-party watchdog to ensure Apple complies with the settlement.

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