An important decision for the free movement of goods on the internet was made by the Regional Court Munich 1 (judgement v. 10.12.2021, 37 O 15721/20) to the disadvantage of the Federal Republic of Germany and Google. The Federal Ministry of Health built a platform with Google on which citizens were to be informed about health risks in a serious manner by the state. A media group (Burda), which operates a private portal ("Netdoktor"), objected to this. The Regional Court rightly stated that Google - which already dominates 90% of the search engine market - would gain an unjustified advantage over private providers through the agreement with the ministry and prohibited the ministry from operating the platform. The ministry itself had advertised with the following sentence: "Whoever googles health shall land on the National Health Portal in future." In German usage, "googeln" has already become a verb for searching the net.
Whether the private monopolization of access to information and knowledge on the net - without public control - can be stopped at all is questionable. However, it is to the credit of the judiciary if the last bastions are held, even if in individual cases this leads to peculiar results that do not seem immediately consumer friendly.