Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act via new tech rules

Google app is seen on a smartphone on this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photograph

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – DuckDuckGo and three different search engine rivals to Google on Thursday urged EU lawmakers to take motion in opposition to the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit through new tech guidelines, saying they’ve but to see constructive outcomes from an antitrust ruling in opposition to Google.

The European Fee in 2018 levied a file 4.24- billion-euro ($5 billion) high quality on Google for unfairly utilizing Android to cement the dominance of its search engine and ordered it to make sure a stage enjoying area for rivals.

Google subsequently made adjustments and 4 months in the past stated it could let rivals compete totally free to be the default search engines like google and yahoo on Android units in Europe.

U.S. search engine DuckDuckGo, Germany’s Ecosia and French friends Qwant and Lilo stated lawmakers ought to use tech guidelines drafted by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager referred to as the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to make sure competitors.

“Regardless of current adjustments, we don’t consider it’ll transfer market share considerably as a consequence of its persisting limitations,” they stated in a joint letter to European Parliament lawmakers.

They stated a choice menu that allow customers select their search default when establishing an Android system shouldn’t be accessible on Chrome desktop or on different working techniques, and that it is just proven as soon as to customers.

“The DMA ought to enshrine in legislation a requirement for a search engine choice menu that will successfully ban Google from buying default search entry factors of the working techniques and the browsers of gatekeepers,” they stated.

The DMA could come into power in 2023 as soon as it will get the inexperienced gentle from EU lawmakers and EU nations.

($1 = 0.8654 euros)

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; enhancing by Richard Pullin

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