The US Department of Justice is considering forcing Google to divest its Chrome web browser and some of its advertising activities. The measures are part of a competition investigation into Google.
Three anonymous sources report this to Politico who are involved in confidential conversations on the subject. If the US does indeed force Google to divest its activities, it will be the first time in decades that this has happened in the US. The move would be a major setback for Google, which generates a lot of income from its advertising activities.
The US Department of Justice is currently preparing an anti-competition lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of abusing power to the online advertising market. The lawsuit is expected to be announced shortly. The case revolves around the way in which Google uses its mobile operating system Android to stimulate the use of its search engine.
Politico also points to a recent investigation by a US government commission. This study finds that Google has such a market share with the Chrome web browser that the company sets the standards for the sector.
Prohibition or restriction of data collection
To counter this power, the US Department of Justice is therefore considering forcing Google to stop its activities around Chrome and some of its advertising activities. Other options are also being explored, such as forcing Google to limit the amount of data it collects through Chrome.
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