European Union lawmakers are largely in favour of having Google broken up by anti-trust regulators. This is the latest in the series of setbacks for the world’s most popular search engine.
Google has been in the EU’s hotseat since 2010 because of its privacy issues, the refusal to curb search results, copyright concerns and tax controversies.
German Conservative Lawmaker and co-sponsor of the bill Andreas Schwab said that the number of lawmakers in favour of breaking up the tech giant is a signal to the European Commission.
“Monopolies in whatever market have never been useful, neither for consumers nor for the companies,” he said.
Schwab said he had nothing against Google and was a regular user. “I use Google every day,” he said.
Google has not commented on the statement. Meanwhile, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she will review and talk to complainants about the case before they decide on the next step.
Meanwhile, several European politicians criticised the proposal.
“Parliament should not be engaging in anti-Google resolutions, inspired by a heavy lobby of Google competitors or by anti-free market ideology, but ensure fair competition and consumer choice,” said lawmaker Sophie in’t Veld from the Parliament’s ALDE liberal group.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association, a lobby group made up of Google, eBay, Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung, said that unbundling Google was an “extreme and unworkable solution.”