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DuckDuckGo, other Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act through new tech rules

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DuckDuckGo and three other Google search engine rivals on Thursday urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet entity through new technical regulations, saying they have yet to see positive results from an antitrust decision against Google. Huh.

The European Commission fined Google a record EUR-4.24-billion (about Rs 31,710 crore) in 2018 for unfairly using Android to consolidate its search engine dominance and ensure a level playing field for rivals. ordered to do.

Google later made changes and four months ago said it would let rivals compete for free in Europe to be the default search engine on Android devices.

US search engine DuckDuckGo, Germany’s Ecosia, and French counterparts Quant and Lillo said lawmakers should use technical rules devised by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), to ensure competition. is called.

“Despite recent changes, we do not believe there will be a significant increase in market share due to its current limitations,” he said in a joint letter to MPs of the European Parliament.

A preferences menu that lets users choose their search defaults when setting up an Android device on the Chrome desktop or other operating system, and it’s only shown to users only once, he said.

“The DMA should establish in law the requirement for a search engine preference menu that would effectively prohibit Google from obtaining the default search access point of the operating system and browser of gatekeepers,” he said.

The DMA could come into force in 2023 after getting a green signal from EU lawmakers and EU countries.

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