Regulator Seeks Powers to Uproot Google Monopoly in Australiaon October 28, 2021 at 7:35 am

Australia’s competition watchdog is requesting powers to develop and implement a cyber system that will require internet users be given a choice on what search engine to choose. It comes after warnings that Google’s “harmful” market dominance was severely stifling competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Competition (ACCC) said in its third interim report for an inquiry into digital platform services that Google had leveraged its wealth to entrench itself as Australia’s universal search engine, with its current market share sitting at 94 percent. In particular, based on public estimates, the ACCC confirmed that Google had paid Apple over US$10 billion (AU$13.2 billion) in 2020—or around 15 to 20 percent of Apple’s net income that year—to be the default search engine in Apple’s browser, Safari, and the default search query service in its voice assistant, Siri. “Google pays billions of dollars each year for these placements, which illustrates how being …

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