Bundeskartellamt studies the rules of Google’s handling of card competition | Free press

Is Google expanding its position of power? The Bundeskartellamt is investigating whether Google restricts the bundling of its mapping services with third party mapping services. The group is responding to investigations.

The authority announced on Tuesday that it “learned indications that Google is restricting the bundling of its mapping services with third-party mapping services.” It is about the possibility of integrating location data, search functions or street views from Google Street View with maps that do not come from the internet group. The cartel office will now verify that Google can “extend its position through certain mapping services” through practice.

Embed maps in websites and apps

The Group offers, among other things, the possibility of integrating its maps with websites and applications via the Google Maps platform. Cartel Office also wants to review the license terms for integrating Google maps with in-car infotainment systems.

Google replied that developers and companies chose the platform “from a plethora of options.” “You can use other mapping services outside of the Google Maps platform – and many use them.” Google is always working with regulators and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The investigation is based on the extended powers of the Cartel Office for companies of “exceptional inter-market importance for competition”. The body has been composed of Google since the end of last year. It is already checking the data processing conditions and the Google News Showcase information service in the Internet group.

The importance of intermarket competition

After new opportunities to take action against companies of supra-market competitive importance, which have been in force since the beginning of 2021, the Cartel Office also conducted investigations into the Facebook group Meta, Amazon and Apple. According to the authority, the meta is also within the definition announced in early May. This test is still ongoing at Apple and Amazon. However, last week, antitrust authorities launched an action against Apple over new privacy features that allow users to prevent developers from tracking their activities across various apps and websites. The authority wants to see if Apple could benefit from it. (dpa)

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