French Competition Authority fines Google EUR 150 mln

PARIS, The French Competition Authority, which regulates fair business practices, on Friday announced it was fining internet giant, Google, EUR 150 million (USD 163 million) for taking advantage of its dominant position as a search engine, the French authority said in a statement.

Google was found to have abused its dominance of internet search engines by attaching advertisements to results on its site.

The French body said that Google’s operating practices via its GoogleAds platform were “opaque and difficult to understand” and they were used unfairly and randomly.

Google was ordered to “clarify” its operating methods on GoogleAds and also explain its procedure for suspending accounts.

Source: Kuwait News Agency