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News Story
2/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search...
News Release
2/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The settlement to end the European antitrust investigation of Google described today by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is unacceptable, Consumer Watchdog said and the group added that Google’s third Commitment document must be made public. “The deal as outlined by Almunia bizarrely not only allows...
News Story
2/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has tentatively settled an European antitrust probe by promising to display “clearly visible” links to three rivals whenever the company also returns links to its own vertical services, like Google Shopping, EU regulators said on Wednesday. The companies that want to appear in those results pages reportedly will have to pay at...
News Story
2/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
European officials alleged that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of rivals. Google Inc. cleared out a key antitrust case, among other battles it faces, by agreeing to terms with European officials over allegations that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its...
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
4/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google once appeared headed for major clashes with regulators — in the United States or Europe, or both — as government officials sought to curb alleged abuses by one of the world’s most powerful and profitable technology companies. But the clouds over Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters have largely cleared over the past...
Blog Post
4/2/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Serial privacy violator Google may face fines in the millions of dollars in Europe as six countries Tuesday opened formal investigations into how Google combined its privacy and data policies last year without bothering to seek users' consent. The actions by France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain came as Google refused to...
News Story
10/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
"Your entire life is online - and it might be used against you." That is the message of a popular viral video produced by the Belgian Federation of the Financial Sector (Febelfin), which has so far been seen by more than one-and-a-half million people. In it, members of the public are invited to a very special mind-reading conducted by...
Blog Post
7/27/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake. "Google apologizes for its error," wrote Peter Fleischer...