Google could face a record fine of up to €3 billion (US $3.4 billion) as soon as early next month as part of a six-year European Commission antitrust investigation into the company's search engine dominance, according to a news report.
The $3.4 billion fine cited in the report would be less than the maximum allowed, which is 10 percent of Google's worldwide revenue, or about $7.5 billion.
The search engine investigation is one of two antitrust queries targeting Google at the European Commission. The commission is also investigating whether Google uses its Android operating system to hinder alternatives to its own smartphone mapping, search, and app store services.
A Google spokesman declined to comment on The Telegraph story.
A representative of competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the Google search investigation continues. "We have no comment on the press speculations," the representative said by email.
The commission, in April 2015, charged Google with abusing its dominant position in Internet search services in Europe by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product, Google Shopping.
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