Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, apologized to Thierry Breton, European Chief of Industry, for a leaked internal document suggesting strategies to fight the strict new EU regulations on internet firms and lobbying against the EU Commissioner.
Pichai and Breton exchange views third time his year over the video-conferencing call on late Thursday, as per the statement given by the European Commission.
Google made the call before the paper was disclosed. Breton showed up the paper that had been made public and displayed it to Pichai over the call.
Breton said, “I was not surprised. I’m not naive. I thought it was a bit old fashioned.”
“In any case, yes I had a discussion with Sundar… I told him what I had to tell him….he apologized. (I told him) If you need to tell me something, my door will always be open.”
Pichai apologized for the leaked document during the friendly conversation.
Al Verney, the spokesperson said, “Our online tools have been a lifeline to many people and businesses through lockdown, and Google is committed to continuing to innovate and build services that can contribute to Europe’s economic recovery post-COVID.”
The mishap underlines that tech firms are heavily lobbying against the new EU regulations, which could disrupt their businesses and push them to adjust how they work.
Breton told Pichai that he would increase the EU’s power to combat discriminatory conduct through gatekeeping channels. This will benefit both small and medium-sized enterprises via the internet.
“Europe’s position is clear: everyone is welcome on our continent – as long as they respect our rules,” Breton added.