Statement by Thomas Vinje, counsel to FairSearch:
Brussels, 3 November 2016 – FairSearch has read with interest the claims by Mr. Walker.
We believe it is the European Commission that has the interests of consumers in mind, not a private company that makes money by using its market power to charge high prices to advertisers.
When consumers look at Google ads they do not get the best, most relevant results. Instead, they get results from advertisers willing to pay Google the most money.
Google would have you believe it has consumer interests at heart far more than does the European Commission. However, the anti-consumer actions by Google are so serious that the umbrella consumer group for Europe, BEUC, filed a complaint against it with the European Commission – the first anti-trust complaint they ever filed.