In an interview with Reuters, Vestag said that she will pay close attention to Google and Amazon before her end of the term. In the past 18 months, Google has been fined a total of 6.8 billion euros (about 7.7 billion US dollars) for violating EU regulations.
Apple released the Apple Pay service in October 2014, which is now available to users in 10 EU countries including France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.
Critics say AppleiPhoneThe Near Field Communication (NFC) chip embedded in the smartphone means that when users pay for goods and services, the iPhone automatically chooses to use the Apple Pay service to exclude other payment services that compete with it. The Danish Competition Authority is investigating the matter, after it received a complaint from the Danish Consumer Council.
Vistag is known for its tough stance against companies that violate EU regulations, and these companies may be fined up to 10% of global turnover. Vestag said she had previously conducted a preliminary investigation into the Apple Pay service.
“When we conducted the survey, the initial result was that we did not see Apple occupying a dominant position in the market. This does not mean that we will not conduct a second investigation in the future, but we did not have a survey before. Find the evidence necessary to file a case," she said. “Obviously, if we receive a formal accusation, then we will take it very seriously because the entire payment market is a very important market.”
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
In addition, Vistag is investigating whether Amazon is illegally using merchant data to make its branded products similar to retailers' products. Vestag said she has access to a large amount of data that is crucial to the filing of the US online retail giant. "Now we are receiving more than just piles of data, but piles of mountains. These data are not only from Amazon itself, but also from the companies that Amazon serves, and for us, checking this data is now the top priority." She said.
Vestag also said: "For us, the right starting point is of course very important, because if we are going to open a case, then in order to advance the case as soon as possible, of course we need to figure out some basic things first."
Recently, Vestag asked Google's competitors whether the Internet search giant unfairly suppressed local search competitors, thereby raising the possibility of launching a fourth antitrust case against Google.
“Now, we are asking questions about local search, which is very meaningful for many people, because people use mobile phones or tablets to search for places to eat, business hours, medical services and other information. So this is of course a very important area and a very important service," she said. "We may (initiate the fourth anti-monopoly case against Google), but of course we are just beginning to initiate a question, and there is no prejudice in mind."