In the past couple of years, I written a number of stories on Bane Tech detailing the multiple legal battles between Google and the European Union. Now, it seems that these bureaucratic confrontations may have just been the beginning of the EU’s desire to punish American tech success, while grabbing a chunk of the profits generated by the largest tech companies in America. The corporations under scrutiny are Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.
The Union is preparing an investigation into Apple’s online music streaming service to determine of the Cupertino giant is taking illegal advantage of its competitors through agreements with record labels. This is also a probable response to the ongoing suspicion that Apple has long been evading taxes by way of a deal with Ireland where the company European headquarters is based. The EU is continuing an investigation into these practices.
Meanwhile, Marge Vestager, the European competition commissioner, launched an investigation into Amazon’s online practices last week, along with other e-commerce companies. The suspicion here is that Amazon may have illegally changed prices across borders of European Union countries.
And finally, the ongoing, never-ending quest to bring Google to heel is still a top EU priority. A couple of my previous stories are linked below:
Will the legal aggression end at some point? I highly doubt it. What do you think?
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