Spanish regulator launches investigation into possible anti-competitive actions by Google
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) announced on Tuesday that it has initiated disciplinary action against Google for possible anti-competitive actions against Spanish media.
The regulator suspects Google of imposing unfair trading conditions on Spanish media for the use of copyrighted content, the statement added. In addition, the agency will investigate cases of possible unfair competition from Google.
“The CNMC has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Google LLC, Google Ireland Ltd., Google Spain, SL (Google) and against its parent company Alphabet Inc…the CNMC is investigating a series of practices that may involve an abuse of the position dominant position of Google with respect to publishers of press publications and news agencies established in Spain,” the agency said in a statement.
A maximum time to investigate and resolve a case initiated by the CNMC is 18 months, the statement said.
Google was also sued by the US Department of Justice in January in an antitrust case, the second time the department has filed a lawsuit against Google in just over two years.