UK regulators question Google's default search engine payments to Apple
What you need to know
- UK regulators have questioned Google's payments to Apple.
- It gave Apple $1.5 billion in 2019 to be the default search engine on UK devices.
- Regulators say this creates a "significant" barrier to the competition.
UK market regulators have questioned Google's payments made to Apple so it could be the default search engine on devices in the UK, stating they create a significant barrier to competition.
According to the report, Apple received a "substantial majority" of the $1.5 billion Google paid to be the default search engine on devices in the UK in 2019. The UK Competition and Markets Authority has released a report which says that this arrangement creates "a significant barrier to entry and expansion" for search engine rivals like Yahoo and DuckDuckGo.
The report states:
Globally, it is estimated that Apple pulls about $9 billion a year from such arrangements, 80% of which comes from Google. The report states that enforcement authorities should be given a range of options to rectify the arrangement, including choice screens where users can decide which search engine they want to use during device setup. Apple reportedly told the report that monetization restrictions would be "very costly."
With the release of iSO 14, Apple will give users the options to at least change their default browser and email apps, no mention was made of other services like search engines or music playback.
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These guys will never be happy. If Apple buys Duck Duck Go and makes it the default search engine they'l complain about that too.
I’d rather have Duck Duck Go than Google scraping my data. Wait, I can make Duck Duck Go my default. I only wish I could make StartPage my default.
You can already change the Search Engine used in Settings->Safari. In fact, it’s the first thing you can choose. The choices are Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.