EU’s Vestager says probe into Google AdSense case nearing end

EU regulators are close to wrapping up their third case against Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google involving its AdSense advertising service, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, suggesting the company may soon be hit with another hefty fine.

The comments by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come four months after she levied a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine against Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals.

That followed a 2.4 billion euro fine imposed on the company last year after it thwarted rivals of shopping comparison websites.

EU regulators are close to wrapping up their third case against Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google involving its AdSense advertising service, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, suggesting the company may soon be hit with another hefty fine.

The comments by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come four months after she levied a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine against Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals.

That followed a 2.4 billion euro fine imposed on the company last year after it thwarted rivals of shopping comparison websites.

Vestager can fine companies up to 10 percent of their global turnover for breaching EU rules.

 

/reuters.com

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