European Parliament wants to divide Google




The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a motion that calls to disconnect the activities of search engines of other commercial activities. This would include ensuring that Google should be split.

The motion was adopted with 284 votes for and 174 votes against; 56 MPs abstained. The adopted resolution calls on the EU Member States and the European Commission “to pave the way for a common digital market.” But most important part is the proposal to reduce the power of search engines. So must be disconnected from online search engines other commercial activities.

Parliament calls on the Commission to investigate whether competition rules can be applied to enforce a possible separation between search engines and other commercial activities. The motion states that search engines “now possible to use their information to provide targeted services disadvantages of competing parties.”

Google is so under attack in the EU, because the search engine company would pull its own services in search results. Google asked several times for competitive services to give more attention and its own departments to clearly mark in the search results, but that settlement proposals were rejected and the EU threatened with a fine. The European Parliament now wants to go a step further allowing services like Maps, Shopping, Docs and Gmail are pulled from the search engine.

“The online search engines are important to allow competition within a common digital market,” said the European Parliament. Furthermore, the operation of search engines should be transparent. “Indexing, evaluate, present and planning should be done independent and transparent”, it is called in the words of the parliament. The responsible minister of the European Commission is against the splitting of Google.


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