The European Union’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has said Google and its parent company Alphabet will face further scrutiny from EU regulators, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
According to the report, Vestager indicated that investigations into the tech giant’s Android, search, advertising and other practices will continue. Vestager said she considers the investigations into each area as individual cases rather than one large case against Google, and said the query into Google’s Android practices is “high priority” due to the operating system’s global prominence.
In addition to the Android case, Vestager confirmed the commission will investigate other facets of Google’s business, such as Google Maps and its shopping and travel services.
Under Vestager, EU authorities opened a probe into Google’s Android operating system in April amid charges the company was abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches.
But Google has also faced queries into its practices on other fronts.
In September, a Russian regulatory agency found Google to be in in violation of the country’s anti-monopoly laws and gave the company until November 18 to correct infractions related to its pre-installment of certain apps on the Android operating system.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also opened an investigation into Google’s Android business in September amid allegations that the company prioritizes its own products over those of the competition.
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