The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) has imposed a fine of 2.015 million euros on Google for failing to comply with the rules on “consumer information including the “ranking criteria” of the search engine and Google Play Store. The DGCCRF points to the lack of “clear, fair and transparent information” on its search engine, particularly for tourist accommodation offers.

Since the checks, Google has “corrected some of the sanctioned breaches”, said the authority. “We regret that these changes have not been taken into account by the DGCCRF,” reacted a Google spokesperson to Agence France-Presse. “We have always been transparent with our users about how our products work,” insisted the American digital giant, underlining its desire to “work constructively with French and European regulators”.