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Google appeals EU fine


The technology giant Google has lodged an appeal against the €2.4bn antitrust fine it was ordered to pay by the European Commission in June.

The regulator ruled that by positioning its own shopping comparison service at the top of Google search results the company participated in an abuse of power.

The European Commission issued its largest penalty ever, and added that the business could face further fines should it continue its practices.

At the time that the fine was issued, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Google’s activity was “illegal under EU antitrust rules”.

A spokesman for Google said that the company “respectfully disagreed” with the ruling.

The company was given 90 days to end “anti-competitive” practices or face further fines amounting to 5% of the average daily global earning of Alphabet, its parent company.

Rory Cellan-Jones, a BBC technology correspondent, said that the commission is looking at other areas where Google may have abused its power, specifically in its Android operating system for mobiles.

However, the commission was subject to a setback as the European Court of Justice ordered for a review of a fine it imposed on the chip giant Intel in 2009.

The deadline for Google to enforce changes is 28 September 2017.

Pan European Networks Ltd