Microsoft makes complaint against Google

Technology giant Microsoft has accused rival Google of pushing Android services to YouTube and Maps.

Oracle, Nokia and 14 other tech companies have also filed a complaint with the European Commission.

The collective companies, known as FairSearch, have argued that Google is abusing its dominance of the mobile market. In response to the complaint Google said: “We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission.”

The complaint describes Google’s operating system Android, as a ‘Trojan horse’, offered to device makers for free. In return device makers are “required to pre-load an entire suite of Google mobile services and to give them prominent default placement on the phone,” according to the complaint.

Privacy policy

Google has also come under fire recently for its privacy policy. Currently, they group a set of 60 rules into one which allows them to track users more closely.

Six European data protection agencies threatened legal action if Google did not make changes to its privacy policy, only last week. This follows an investigation by the European Commission into Google’s privacy policy. They said Google did not meet Commission standards on data protection, and gave Google four months to comply with new recommendations, but Google maintains that the new policy ‘respects European law’.

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