Google was hit by an antitrust complaint on Monday after a Danish online job search rival filed a complaint with EU regulators, alleging that the Alphabet unit had wrongly favored its own job search service.
The complaint could speed up scrutiny of the service, Google for Jobs, three years after it first came under its microscope. Since then, the EU has not taken any specific action regarding the online job search sector.
The European Commission and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent out of office hours.
Google, which has been fined more than €8 billion ($8.4 billion) by Vestager in recent years for various anticompetitive practices, has previously said it has made changes in Europe following complaints from online search rivals. to work.
Launched in Europe in 2018, Google for Jobs drew criticism from 23 online job boards in 2019. They said they had lost market share after the online search giant reportedly used its market power to promote its new service.
Google’s service links to aggregated posts from many employers, allowing candidates to filter, save, and receive notifications about job openings, though they have to go elsewhere to apply. Google puts a large widget for the tool at the top of the results for regular web searches.
Jobindex, one of 23 critics from three years ago, said Google had taken over a highly competitive Danish market through anticompetitive means.
Job index founder and CEO Kaare Danielsen said his company had built the largest job database in Denmark by the time Google for Jobs entered the local market last year.
“Yet in the short time after the introduction of Google for Jobs in Denmark, Jobindex lost 20% of search traffic to Google’s inferior service,” Danielsen told Reuters.
“By putting its own inferior service at the top of results pages, Google is essentially hiding some of the most relevant job opportunities from job seekers. Recruiters, in turn, may no longer reach all job seekers unless they use Google’s job service,” he said. †
“This not only stifles competition between recruiting services, but also directly hurts labor markets, which are critical to any economy,” Danielsen said, urging the Commission to order Google to end the alleged anti-competitive practices. , fine the company and make periodic payments to ensure compliance.
Jobindex said it had seen examples of free-riding where some of its own job listings were copied without its permission and marketed through Google for Jobs on behalf of Jobindex’s business partners. It also mentioned privacy risks for job applicants and its clients.
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