The European Union (EU) Parliament has taken a vote to break Google up. The vote was taken in Strasbourg and was vehemently objected by the American Congress. Nevertheless, 384 legislators voted for the break up while 174 objected to it and 56 others were absent.
Nevertheless, the EU Parliament’s vote does not actually break up Google. Only the European Commission can make such a move. The vote has no practical effect but it might just apply enough pressure on the Commission to be more strict with the company.
The vote also, did not specify Google by name and could be twisted to seem that it has no relevance to the company at all. However, Google currently holds up to 90% of the European maker share. Any legislation, hence would obviously be focusing on the search engine.
So, why did this vote come about? The EU Parliament was cited saying that:
“the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market and there is a need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions.”
Hence, according to the EU Parliament, the Commission needs to “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators of search engines” and the Parliament recommends “unbundling search engines from other commercial services.”
This is further aggravated by the fact a lot of European politicians have expressed worry that Google dominating the market threatens the whole continent’s digital economy. Information, data and online products cannot see any fair accessibility with one company dominating the whole market. Basically, whatever Google does, affects the whole of Europe.
Do you agree with this? Some of the American congressman and senators are concerned with the proposal and are stating that the increasing protection policies being put to the EU Parliament is going to in the long term, be much more detrimental than liberating. So, which side do you stand on? We’re waiting for Google to release an official announcement about the issue and we need to see how the Commission is going to respond to this.