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News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources in possession of the originals, revealed the full remedies put forward by Google, the questionnaire that...
News Release
10/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – A coalition of 23 US consumer, privacy and public interest groups today wrote the European Parliament expressing strong support for the proposed European Data Protection Regulation because “we believe that the promotion of stronger privacy standards in Europe will benefit consumers around the globe.” “We write...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It's unlikely stakeholders will be satisfied with Google's latest effort to resolve the EU's antitrust allegations. Though few details have been revealed, "this proposal looks like they're just tinkering with the earlier proposal," said Gary Reback, an attorney with Carr Ferrell. "I don't expect this proposal to...
News Story
7/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Several European countries clearly are not OK with the changes Google introduced to its privacy policies last year, but Google insists that it is not breaking any European laws. Even if it were found to be noncompliant, it's unlikely that any serious fines would be imposed. Still, the countries aren't showing any signs of backing off, and...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
News Story
4/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google said last year that streamlining its privacy policies would make for simpler, better services. All the company has done, however, is complicate its relationship with six key EU members who are now joining forces to take legal action against Google over user data. Neither side is backing down at the moment, although it's unclear whether...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Software giant takes full responsibility in case SEATTLE – The $731 million fine European regulators slapped on Microsoft Wednesday for failing to abide by an antitrust sanction, reinforces the European Union's longstanding insistence on fair competition. What's more, the huge penalty also signaled that Europe won't easily be...
Blog Post
12/20/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Last weekend news broke that the Federal Trade Commission was about to settle its two-year antitrust investigation of Google with what charitably could be termed a slight tap on the wrist. But by Tuesday night the reported holiday gift to the Internet giant was unraveling and the FTC signaled it would keep the investigation going into January. So...
News Story
11/20/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Joaquin Almunia in Europe and Joshua Wright in the United States hold influence in the fight over whether Google abused its dominance in search. Think of them as the good cop and the bad cop. Two individuals hold central positions in Google's antitrust challenges from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the EU's European Commission. As...
News Story
10/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The virtual tour "would help create the image that Google is just as open as they want us to be, regardless of the fact that they really aren't," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group. "One of their historic problems is that they are very private but don't appear to believe that others need to be."...