The Open Internet Project (OIP) welcomes the decision of the European Court of Justice, which today upheld on appeal the conviction of Google by the European Commission in the Google Shopping case, in which the OIP was a party involved. This long-awaited decision on this emblematic case confirms the merits of the actions taken by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in regulating the abusive behavior of internet giants, and calls for measures to put an end to it much more quickly.
With this decision finding Google wrong despite the means deployed by the latter, the Court confirms that the European Commission was right to condemn Google in 2017 to a fine of 2.4 billion euros for preferential treatment of its own price comparator Google Shopping, to the detriment of its competitors.
This is a historic decision which confirms for the first time the principle that a digital player in a dominant position cannot promote its own services in a privileged way: preferential treatment is considered to be discriminatory and therefore prohibited and sentenced.
The OIP was a party to the case, which “officially” lasted more than 11 years!
Given the investigation times that are totally incompatible with the reality of a constantly changing digital economy, the OIP recalls the need to make interim measures effective and applicable, in order to prevent devastating collateral effects such as those observed in this case and to end it before it is too late for the victims.
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