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Leonid Bershidsky

Europe’s Next Two Fronts in Its War on Google

The U.S. internet giant is under pressure over both privacy and intellectual property violations.

Searching for a fight?

Searching for a fight?

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Despite its lobbying, Google can’t seem to win in Europe. The French privacy watchdog has blown through the U.S. internet giant’s claim to comply with data-protection legislation, and its threat to pull its news-aggregation service in the region will likely prove far less effective than the company expects.

Google’s troubles with the European Union’s antitrust authorities are well-known: The company was fined 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in 2017 for abusing its dominance in price-comparison services, and a further 4.3 billion euros the following year for pushing software bundles on Android phone makers. Another antitrust probe, this time involving its AdSense advertising product, is under way.