BRUSSELS – Europe’s leading consumer rights advocacy group has joined an antitrust complaint against Google because it considers the display of some search results biased.
The BEUC will join an existing group of companies in trying to get Google to change the way it displays its search results.
The EU Commission has been assessing the case for three years and declined to say whether the new complaint might delay a settlement. In February, it accepted Google Inc.’s concessions to settle allegations, suggesting the case might close within months.
BEUC says the changes Google proposes would harm consumers as they would allow it to “stack its search results as suits itself.”
In its complaint Monday, BEUC says users are given a false impression that search results are impartial, especially for price comparisons.