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Google Fined €1.49 Billion for Breaching EU Advertising Rules

The European Commission handed down a €1.49 billion fine to Google for breaching EU advertising rules on Wednesday, March 20, Google’s third EU fine in three years. In a press release, the Commission said: “Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites.” In June 2017, the Commission fined Google €2.42 billion for “abusing its dominance as a search engine” to give preference to its own shopping service, and, in July 2018, the Commission fined Google €4.34 billion for “illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices” to “strengthen the dominance” of Google’s search engines. Google announced a change to its practices in response to the second fine on Tuesday, March 19. The latest fine comes after Google’s unveiling of a new gaming platform called Stadia, which is expected to launch in 2019. Credit: European Commission via Storyful
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