TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Travel companies ask European regulators to enforce Google dominance decision

Google | November 18, 2020

Travel innovation organizations are pushing for the European Commission to address Google's act of presenting its own administrations as a rule search.

In a letter to Margrethe Vestager, magistrate for rivalry, 130 organizations and 28 industry associations, over various areas, request that the Commission "enforce its 2017 abuse of dominance decision."

The letter says that Google doesn't contend reasonably in search and has not accomplished by "competing on the merit."

The letter proceeds to state that despite the fact that the impending recommendations on the guideline of computerized watchmen may support longer term, the Commission should act currently, utilizing the current system, to address the circumstance.

"Many of us may not have the strength and resources to wait until such regulation really takes effect."

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Space Perspective | November 16, 2022

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation | October 31, 2022

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