Google has regularly been on the business end of charges from anti-trust charges and policy concerns towards its Google Play app shop in Europe. There has even been steps proposed by the EU to get the tech giant broken up towards the end of 2014. The company finally discussed the situation in talking with Politico.
In the article, the VP of Google UK Matt Brittin chalked it up to a conflict of attitude and culture between the U.S and Europe. Brittin proceeded to dismiss the charges from the EU in regards to Google wrongdoing saying that “There is no evidence that consumers have been harmed here, and actually no evidence that complainants have been harmed.”
The specifics of the charges stem from a five year monopolistic search practices probe that presented findings back in April. While the EU also probed Android, the main thing here is that the EU pointed out was that Google lowered the ranks of rival firms.
“In breach of EU antitrust rules, by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages in the European Economic Area (EEA),” reads the Statement of Objections to Google. “The Commission is concerned that users do not necessarily see the most relevant results in response to queries – to the detriment of consumers and rival comparison shopping services, as well as stifling innovation.”
In further dismissing the claims, Brittin said that the evolution of apps are changing how the world gathers and processing information making the EU’s protests dated as a result. Since there is a greater selection for consumers in this regard no one is actually harmed by Google’s practices.
Even in dismissing the claims, Google is said to welcome a settlement if only to move on from the issue, but given the company’s dominance in search and mobile OS, the company will likely stare down charges from the EU in the future anyway.