Home › European Commission

European Commission

News Release
2/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union’s College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today. In separate letters addressed to the...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A U.S. consumer group on Monday added its voice to the growing criticism of Google’s proposed settlement with the European Union’s competition authorities. “We had been impressed with the strong position the Commission had taken in your investigation, unlike regulatory authorities in the United States,” wrote John Simpson,...
News Release
1/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today insisted the European Commission must ‘market test’ a reported new proposal from Google to settle the three-year antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said any remedy must insist that Google use an objective, nondiscriminatory mechanism to rank and display all search results...
News Story
1/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Recent rumours that interner giant Google is set to escape an ongoing European antitrust investigation without its latest proposals being market-tested have been met with much scepticism LONDON, United Kingdom -- Internet giant Google may be close to striking a deal with the European Commission to put an end to an antitrust investigation of...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups on Oct. 16 in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because proposed recipients of settlement funds...
News Release
11/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic are opposed to a proposed deal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google. Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based public interest group, filed comments late Monday night opposing a proposed settlement to the European Commission’s antitrust...
News Release
11/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – Google is taking advantage of its monopoly position in search to charge merchants more for placement in Google Shopping, causing higher prices for consumers, a Consumer Watchdog study has found. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is filing the study, made Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, with the European Commission as part...
News Story
11/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Among the details of Google's latest EU antitrust offer, which was leaked this week, is the appointment of an independent "monitoring trustee" to oversee Google's compliance over the next five years. However, Consumer Watchdog remains unimpressed, charging that none of the proposals in the document fix the underlying problem of...
News Release
11/6/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s latest proposal to settle a European antitrust investigation does nothing to solve the underlying problem of how the Internet giant manipulates results and favors its own services in search, Consumer Watchdog said today as it released the proposal and questions the European Commission is asking about it....
News Release
11/6/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your...