France fines Google $166 million for abusing ad dominance

PARIS — France’s competition authority has fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) for “abusing its dominant position” in the online ad market.

The agency announced the fine Friday, saying the methods used by Google Ads are “opaque and difficult to understand” and that the company applies them in an “unequal and arbitrary way.”

It also ordered Google to clarify how it uses Google Ads and its procedures for suspending accounts.

It’s the latest of several European fines against Google, which faces very little competition for search engine business in Europe.

Google said in a statement that it would appeal, and that its advertising policies are designed to protect consumers “from exploitative and abusive ads.”

Must Read

Pfizer spends $14B on Medivation in cancer fight

Aug 22, 2016

Pfizer will pay about $14 billion to buy cancer drug developer Medivation as it fortifies its hold...

Image of Asia: Developing football skills in Pyongyang

Aug 24, 2016

Image of Asia: Youths play with a ball during a break at Pyongyang International Football School in...

Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando

Aug 28, 2016

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at an Orlando...

Olympic champions Raisman, Hernandez feted by hometowns

Aug 28, 2016

Thousands of people have welcomed medal-winning Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez...

Liz Weston: 5 money myths you probably believe

Aug 29, 2016

Don't let widely held myths pull the rug out from under your finances

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH