German competition regulator launches investigation into Google Maps – ICT news

Limits in the Google Maps Terms of Service can be a form of monopolistic abuse.

The German antitrust supervisor has initiated an investigation into Google Maps about possible anti-competitive practices. The organization wants to know if the limits imposed by Maps on the combination of its service with those of outside third parties can make it have a competitive advantage.

The controller intends to investigate whether the conditions of use of the cartographic platform are potentially prohibited. These are conditions that make it difficult for app developers to combine the Google Maps API with those of alternative map producers. The Cartel Monitor is also investigating Google’s Automotive Services.

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“We will see if Google extends its dominance in certain map services by using this practice,” Andreas Mundt, president of the German Bundeskartellamt, told the Bloomberg news agency.

It is now the second service from Google that is being investigated by the German cartel supervisor. An investigation into the company’s News Showcase has indeed been ongoing for quite a long time. Google even declares that it wants to investigate and argue that its customers also often use competing map services.

The German antitrust supervisor has initiated an investigation into Google Maps about possible anti-competitive practices. The organization wants to know if the limits imposed by Maps on the combination of its service with those of outside third parties can make it have a competitive advantage. The controller intends to investigate whether the conditions of use of the cartographic platform are potentially illegal. These are conditions that make it difficult for app developers to combine the Google Maps API with those of alternative map producers. The Cartel Monitor is also investigating Google’s Automotive Services. “We will see if Google extends its dominance in certain map services by resorting to this practice,” Andreas Mundt, President of the German Bundeskartellamt, told the Bloomberg news agency. examined by the German cartel supervisor. An investigation into the company’s News Showcase has indeed been ongoing for quite a long time. Google even declares that it wants to investigate and argue that its customers also often use competing map services.

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