It’s a story gaining mainstream attention in the United States as can be seen in this segment on CNN.
Picking up on that, lawmakers in France voted last week to require search companies to hand over their search algorithms to ensure that rivals are treated fairly. Additionally, the search companies would have to post links to three competitor search engines on their search results pages.
Those that choose to not comply would be docked 10% of global profits.
CNN Money, who has been following the story, noted the law is specially aimed at Google as they have a 90% share of the search market in France.
The bill isn’t expected to become law in France because the government of President François Hollande is opposed to it.
The bill was introduced as an amendment to a bill designed to grow the French economy, which is up for a wider vote in France’s National Assembly later in April. An earlier version was declared unconstitutional.
Google states while they are transparent, revealing their algorithms would lead to gaming of their results, which would mean a bad experience for users.
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