E.U. Parliament Passes Measure to Break Up Google in Symbolic Vote

Posted in: Government & Policy at 28/11/2014 18:40

Europe's resentment of the American technology giant Google reached a new noise level on Thursday as the European Parliament passed a nonbinding vote to break up the company.

Although merely symbolic -- the resolution carries no legal weight -- the move came the day after a separate European body sought to further expand citizens' "right to be forgotten" privacy protections against Google.

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The motion passed as expected by 384 votes to 174 with 56 MEPs abstaining, and encourages the European commission (EC) to consider unbundling Google's search business from its advertising and other businesses.

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