7/18/2018, 4:32 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Vestager: Google must end illegal conduct

Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner responsible for competition policy, told CNBC on Wednesday that Google Llc's Android is an open source system, but that it is locked down in the ecosystem of the main subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. After chief executive Sundar Pichai announced it would appeal the record €4.34 billion fine, she explained the regulators want to end illegal conduct and exclusivity.

Vestager went on to say Google has been imposing its search engine and Google Chrome as the only options to customers. The top regulator noted the technology powerhouse has 90 days to effectively end the inappropriate practice.

Of note, the European Union, currently in the middle of an ugly trade dispute with the United States, has for years been investigating personal data policy, market position and tax liabilities of technology heavyweights from the world's largest economy. The European Union slapped a €2.4 billion fine on Google in June of last year.

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