Google promises to make ‘significant changes’ to avoid multi-billion euro fine
Google has said that it will make “significant changes to the way Google operates”, following a three year investigation by the EU's competition commission. The investigation, which could see the search giant given a multi-billion euro fine, came following complaints from companies such as Microsoft and TripAdvisor, who argued that Google had abused its position as the dominant search engine. "We will be making significant changes to the way Google operates in Europe," said Google lawyer Kent Walker. "We have been working with the European Commission to address issues they raised." The European Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has said that he will not seek feedback from the complaining companies as part of this deal. Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace has described this move by the commissioner as a ‘massive failure’.