Google has been under fire from the EU over allegedly anticompetitive search practices since 2010. But the search giant is hoping to put those troubles behind it with a series of concessions it hopes will allay the EU’s concerns.
Details of Google’s offer, which was submitted to the EU’s competition commission last week, are sparse, but the search giant has proposed to “make [European] users clearly aware" when promoting its own products in its search results, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited “a person familiar with the matter”. In those instances, Google will also provide links to competitors’ products and services.
According to the terms of the offer, Google will also give other sites the option to have their pages removed certain search results. Sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, for instance, will be allowed to opt out of having their content “scraped” by Google. A similar agreement was reached with the FTC in the US earlier this year.
CNET has reported that the offer has been accepted by antitrust authorities, though no official word has been given yet.
Google has not issued a comment either, saying only, “We continue to work cooperatively with the European Commission."