Google faces EU enquiry for complaints by UK's Foundem, French legal search engine ejustice.fr, and Microsoft's Ciao!

European Commission opened an investigation against Google for claims of unfair practice on search engine results. The complainaints ‘UK price comparison site, Foundem, French legal search engine ejustice.fr, and Microsoft's Ciao! from Bing.’ “While we’ll be providing feedback and additional information on these complaints, we’re confident that our business operates in the interests of users […]

European Commission opened an investigation against Google for claims of unfair practice on search engine results. The complainaints ‘UK price comparison site, Foundem, French legal search engine ejustice.fr, and Microsoft's Ciao! from Bing.’ “While we’ll be providing feedback and additional information on these complaints, we’re confident that our business operates in the interests of users and partners, as well as in line with European competition law. We understand how important rankings can be to websites, especially commercial ones, because a higher ranking typically drives higher volumes of traffic. We’re also first to admit that our search isn’t perfect, but it's a very hard computer science problem to crack. Imagine having to rank 272 million possible results for a popular query like the iPod on a 14 by 12 screen computer screen in just a few milliseconds. It's a challenge we face millions of times each day. Our algorithms aim to rank first what people are most likely to find useful and we’ve nothing against vertical search sites -- indeed many vertical search engines like Moneysupermarket.com, Opodo and Expedia typically rank high in Google's results,” said Google.