The Irish and French subsidiaries of Google will pay France a fine of 1.1 million euros for the incorrect display of hotel ratings. This was reported by the General Directorate of Competition, Consumption, and Anti-avoidance of taxes of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of France.
The proceedings began after numerous complaints from hotel owners and managers. During the inspection data on 7.5 thousand hotels were collected. The information from Google was automatically checked with information from the French official classification of hotels, and it turned out that Google replaced the Atout France rating with its own criteria.
The department said that this practice caused serious damage both to consumers and owners of those hotels, which were undeservedly downgraded in comparison to the official hotel classification.