A PYMNTS Company

EU: Rivals given month to review Google deal, but Microsoft, Nokia rep already disapproving

 |  April 26, 2013

As the European Commission announced that rivals of online search engine leader Google have one month to review Google’s proposed settlement to close a case with regulators concerning the manner in which Google presents its search results, rivals are already speaking out. According to reports, Microsoft and Nokia have both already offered feedback to the Commission, arguing that the settlement offer is inadequate. The search giant has offered to distinguish which search results are Google promotions and which are objective results; additionally, Google has suggested allowing companies to opt-out of Google’s complete services without having a negative impact on search rankings. But once the Commission announced it will allow four weeks for rivals’ feedbacks, FairSearch, a European representative of companies including Microsoft and Nokia has already slammed the offer as one that “fall[s] short of ending the preferential treatment at the heart of the Commission’s case.”

Full Content: Marketing Week

Want more news? Subscribe to CPI’s free daily newsletter for more headlines and updates on antitrust developments around the world.