(The Hosting News) – The Canadian Competition Bureau announced it would be investigating Google Canada for engaging in anti-competitive and anti-trust acts.
According to the Financial Post, the Competition Bureau filed documents to the Federal Court of Canada requesting Google’s records pertaining to the company’s search and advertising business as part of an investigation into anti-competitive practices.
The documents suggest that Google controls at least one market relating to internet search and advertising, which is in violation to the Canadian anti-competitive laws.
“The Commissioner has reason to believe that Google’s alleged practice of anti-competitive acts, independently and/or on a combined basis, have had, are having, or are likely to have the effect of preventing or lessening competition substantially in the market for search services and search advertising services in Canada,” stated Mark MacLachlan, a senior competition law officer with the Competition Bureau.
“We will work cooperatively with the Competition Bureau to answer any questions they may have,” said Leslie Church, Google Canada’s head of communications and public affairs, in an email to the Financial Post.
Earlier this year, the company faced similar claims by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which resulted in several changes in the company’s practices regarding its AdWords services.