Google has to pay billions in fine
The European Court of Justice has ruled that Alphabet Inc. and Google will have to pay a fine of 2.4 billion euros. The reason is Google’s “dominant position as a search engine due to impermissible preferential treatment of its own price comparison service”. In June 2017, the EU Commission imposed a competition penalty against Google because the search engine giant is said to have preferred its own price comparison service by placing it at the top of the search results. Google can take action against the judgment at the ECJ.
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Speed limit debate
Deutsche Umwelthilfe has warned the Greens of serious consequences for their credibility if the possible new government continues to reject a general speed limit on motorways. DUH managing director Jürgen Resch told the dpa that the implementation of a speed limit is the only measure in the traffic sector that has an immediate effect, costs next to nothing and saves up to eight million tons of CO₂ per year. Should a new traffic light government refuse to introduce the speed limit, the DUH wants to enforce this through legal action. Resch was confident that the court would order further short-term climate protection measures such as a speed limit.
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Off for ad targeting at Meta
The detailed ad targeting of Facebook and Instagram has received a lot of criticism in recent years. Among other things, allegations were that political parties can play out very different advertising messages depending on the target group. Meta, formerly Facebook, wants to restrict this specific selection again in the coming year. Then customers should no longer be able to display their advertising according to categories such as health details, sexual orientation, religious attitudes and interest in political or social groups. The advertising message would thus be aimed at much more crude interest groups.
Alternative payment options in the App Store
In around a month, Apple must allow app manufacturers to integrate alternative payment methods outside of the app store ecosystem. The company’s attempt to take action against this part of a ruling by a US judge in the legal dispute with Epic Games has now officially failed. As of December 9th, Apple will no longer be allowed to refuse applications that implement this.