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Bundeskartellamt launches sector inquiry into comparison websites

Date of issue: 24.10.2017

The Bundeskartellamt has launched a sector inquiry into "online price comparison websites".

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The Bundeskartellamt's inquiry will focus on comparison websites active in the area of travel, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and energy. The authority is going to send questionnaires to a large number of website operators on topics such as rankings, financing, corporate links, reviews, availability or relevant market coverage, in order to uncover and specify possible violations of consumer law provisions. The Bundeskartellamt's extensive powers to investigate the websites will considerably improve existing possibilities to identify and assess possible violations of law.

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