Canada launches Google anti-trust probe
Search leader back in competition spotlight as regulators seek documents on business practices
Google Inc faces more legal action regarding alleged abuses of it dominance in the Web search market, this time in neighbouring Canada, Reuters reported.
Canada's Competition Bureau has filed a motion in the Federal Court in Ottawa that would require Google to hand over information about its business practices, including contracts.
In January 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed a 20-month anti-trust investigation into the same practices the Canadian watchdog is interested in. In a decision that was widely criticised, most prominently by Microsoft, the FTC elected not to sanction the search giant.
The Canadian investigation accuses Google of anti-competitive behaviour starting in 2005 at the latest. As well as the familiar allegations of giving preference to its own services in Web search results, the Bureau accuses Google of restricting use of AdWords data to licensees and signing exclusive deals with mobile OS developers, Web publishers and Web browser developers.
The European Union's competition regulators are also investigating Google for similar practices.