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Privacy software company files EU antitrust complaint against Google

[JURIST] Privacy software company Disconnect [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition [official website]. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play [corporate website] store in August 2014. Disconnect claims [Reuters report] that Google is using its control of the platform to unfairly favor its own privacy applications, but Google has said that it removed the app for interfering with other applications in violation of Google Play's Developer Distribution Agreement [text].

The European Commission announced [press release] its own formal antitrust investigation [materials] into Android in April. At the same time, the Commission began separate antitrust proceedings [JURIST report] against Google for practices related to the company's shopping results and search engine. In January, Google was among four tech companies that reached a $415 million settlement [JURIST report] in a class action lawsuit claiming the companies unlawfully agreed to reduce employee compensation and mobility.

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