Sunday, March 22, 2015

European Lawmaker Pushes Europe to Take Stronger Stance on Google

Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, a lawmaker from Catalonia in the European
Parliament, called for formal charges against Google. 

An outspoken European critic of Google said Friday that European Union antitrust regulators should bring formal charges against Google, after new documents showed that a report had recommended an American agency take a similar step three years ago.

“This new element and evidence is crucial and could not come at better time,” the lawmaker, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, said in a statement.

Many of the same issues concerning Google now under investigation in Europe were also part of the earlier investigation led by the Federal Trade Commission. The American agency is facing a flurry of awkward questions about its handling of that investigation after documents revealed that at least one internal report had recommended stronger action. The documents were first reported on Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.

The F.T.C.’s decision to decline to take a tougher stance showed that Europe’s scrutiny of Google was not a “protectionist E.U. war against a U.S. company,” said Mr. Tremosa, a lawmaker from Catalonia in the European Parliament.

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