European Parliament Votes to Break Up Search Engine Conglomerates…

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The music industry didn’t exactly receive Google’s YouTube Music Key with open arms. Now, Google is facing even more opposition.

The European Parliament has voted in favor of unbundling search engine companies, separating the search engine from other commercial services.

They are calling on the European Commission and European Union members to take action. The measure was approved with 384 votes to 174, with 56 abstentions.

They say this action is necessary to enforce competition laws . The European Parliament says they want to “prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators of search engines“, and “Indexation, evaluation, presentation and ranking by search engines must be unbiased and transparent“.

This would have a huge impact on Google, as they own YouTube, Android, and many other services. It would also impact Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo Search, and other search engine conglomerates.

Parliament has also called on EU members to address telecom issues. They want “an end to roaming charges inside the EU“, providing “more legal certainty as regards net neutrality and improved consumer protection”. They also want the European Commission to take the lead on international standards and specifications for cloud computing.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

8 Responses

  1. An Indie

    Nina, I appreciate your work but you neglect to mention that this vote is symbolic and carries no legal weight. At most it pressures the head of the European Commission – that DOES have power – to move on their ongoing look into Google’s practices.

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    • Anonymous

      “At most it pressures the head of the European Commission – that DOES have power – to move on their ongoing look into Google’s practices.”

      It is a necessary step, though.

      And heaven knows there’s a lot to look at…

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  2. FarePlay

    Don’t take this lightly. The Europeans are determined to limit the dominance of Google and Amazon in their countries.

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    • An Indie

      Don’t get me wrong. I WISH this vote did mean something and I hope that the EC comes through as they have on behalf of competition over the years. It’s just misleading (even if unintentionally so) to write this item and not mention that it was a non-binding resolution.

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  3. Anonymous

    “It would also impact Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo Search, and other search engine conglomerates.”

    Not much — what everybody wants is a Lex Google.

    Microsoft (and just about everyone else) are among the complainants, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s fair to say that Google is the biggest global threat to democracy, consumer rights, art and privacy today.

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