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News Story
4/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of new antitrust objections to Google's Android operating system announced by the European Commission (EC) last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly widening its own probe into the tech giant. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal earlier this week reported that FTC staff...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington, April 21, 2016 (AFP) - The latest EU antitrust complaint against Google underscores a sharp contrast from the approach taken by the United States, which has largely taken a hands-off approach on emerging technologies. Some US tech industry leaders and analysts argue that the European Commission's new filing on the Android mobile...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has again found itself the centre of much unwanted attention. Yesterday the European Commission (EC) told the company it believed it had breached EU antitrust rules around Android. Within hours Consumer Watchdog, a US nonprofit public interest group had challenged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to file similar antitrust charges in the...
News Story
4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Cites European Commission initial finding of antitrust violations Consumer Watchdog has asked the Federal Trade Commission to file suit against Google on antitrust grounds over its Android operating system. The call came after the European Union initially concluded this week that Google had abused its dominant position in search by...
News Story
4/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based...
News Release
4/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
News Story
4/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google could feel heat stateside after Europe laid down the law Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to follow the European Union's lead and bring antitrust charges against Google Android. The group said that following the European Commission's statement of objections this week against the...
News Story
3/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer and civil liberty groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to not hold back when developing its new Internet privacy rules. The groups pushed back Monday at Internet service providers (ISPs), who recently sent a letter to the FCC that said the commission should not stray too far from the privacy framework created...
News Story
2/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A fight over privacy at the Federal Communications Commission, sparked by last year's net neutrality rules, is heating up. The FCC is expected to craft regulations in the coming months on how broadband providers handle sensitive customer data – and advocates on both sides of the issue are gearing up to make their case. Consumer...
News Story
10/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission has served as businesses’ chief security enforcer for 13 years. When U.S. companies lose or expose customers’ personal data to hackers, they potentially have to also reckon with complaints from the government agency. If two companies suing the FTC—hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide and now-defunct...