Earlier in the week there were rumors that the EU parliament were looking for Google to be broken up into different companies, and now it would appear that they have passed a vote on the issue.
The EU Parliament are looking for Google and other search companies to split their search business from other parts of their business, and they are looking for the EU Commission to look into the matter further.
It calls on the Commission “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators of search engines”, stressing the importance of non-discriminatory online search. “Indexation, evaluation, presentation and ranking by search engines must be unbiased and transparent”, MEPs say.
Given the role of internet search engines in “commercialising secondary exploitation of obtained information” and the need to enforce EU competition rules, MEPs also call on the Commission “to consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services” in the long run.
Whilst the European Parliament does not have any authority to enforce its ruling, it can attempt to convince regulators like the EU Commission that search businesses should be separated from other parts of the business.