The European Parliament has voted to split search engines like Google from other commercial services. It's the EU's strongest signal yet that the tech giant is in its regulatory sights. Amy Pollock reports
It's the latest sign of European concern over the power of the U.S. tech giant Google. The European Parliament has urged anti-trust regulators to consider breaking up search engines. It was a non-binding vote but more than 3-1 were in favour Google accounts for 90 percent of Europe's internet searches - it wasn't mentioned by name but lawmakers want to prevent service providers bundling search engines with other commercial services The European Commission has been investigating the company for four years after complaints from competitors like Microsoft and Expedia. The vote puts pressure on the new anti-trust commissioner Margrethe Vestager who's looking into the issue. Google tried to settle with Vestager's predecessor Joaquin Almunia, but he decided the concessions offered were not enough to avoid a fine of up to five billion dollars. The EU is seen by its Silicon Valley targets as taking a more aggressive approach than the U.S. Last year regulators there dropped a case against Google, concluding it hadn't broken competition rules.