The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 (US$1.7 billion) for abusing its dominant position in the market for online advertising related to its AdSense advertising service. According to the commission’s press release, Google has abused its dominant position in the market by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites. This is the third antitrust fine for Google by the EU in the last three years.
Jurisdiction is the authority of the court and state organs to decide on legal cases. The relationship between jurisdiction and the Internet has been ambiguous, since jurisdiction rests predominantly on the geographical division of the globe into national territories. Each state has the sovereign right to exercise jurisdiction over its territory.