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Blog Post
11/30/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
When you stare down a $220 billion corporation, it's hard not to blink. But if the Federal Trade Commission doesn't deliver on its ultimatum to Google that it settle its antitrust problems soon for real relief or face prosecution, then consumers will never get the open and unfettered online and mobile access to information they deserve....
Blog Post
11/1/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents. Bloomberg's Sara...
Blog Post
7/25/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google -- facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion -- is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators' objections without having to pay a fine. It's not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States.  Joaquin...
News Story
3/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google should not have pushed through its privacy policy changes in the face of conflicts with European data protection laws, according to EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding The European Union’s Justice Commissioner is certain Google’s new product policy privacy changes violate European laws and was irked the search giant...
Blog Post
1/27/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Online privacy got a tremendous boost this week when the European Commission proposed its new data protection rules that -- among other important safeguards -- would prove for the "right to be forgotten" online. But that's not all that's been happening since I arrived in this city that is home to the...
News Release
1/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
BRUSSELS – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based consumer advocacy group, today called for the EU’s antitrust regulators to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and ultimately issue a formal antitrust complaint against the Internet giant’s ongoing business practices.  “The Commission’s role in...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's latest change to its search engine, dubbed "Search plus Your World" apparently has drawn the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission because of antitrust concerns, according to Bloomberg News. I'd say the agency, already investigating the Internet giant's business practices, was correct to add Google's...