On Thursday, Google’s rivals – the American search engine DuckDuckGo, the German Ecosia and the French Qwant and Lilo – called on EU lawmakers to take action against the American search engine, which is part of the Alphabet holding, using new technology rules, noting that so far there are no positive results from the EU antitrust decision. by Google.
In 2018, the European Commission imposed a record € 4.34 billion fine on Google for misusing the Android platform to strengthen its search engine dominance, requiring it to ensure a level playing field for competitors.
Since then, Google has made the necessary changes and said four months ago that it would allow competitors to compete for free to use the default search engines on Android devices in Europe.
DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Qwant and Lilo said lawmakers should use technology rules developed by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, called the Digital Markets Act (DMA), to ensure competition. “Despite the recent changes, we do not think that this will lead to a significant change in market share due to the continuing constraints.”– said in a joint letter of the companies to the members of the European Parliament.
The companies clarified that the preference menu, which allows users to choose their default search engine when setting up an Android device, is not available on the Chrome desktop or other operating systems and is only displayed once to users. The companies have demanded that the need to display search engine preference menus be mandated by law, which would block Google’s ability to access search by default.
The DMA could take effect in 2023, after receiving approval from legislators and EU countries.