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News Story
4/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...
News Release
2/6/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection should be implemented in the United States. “The right to be forgotten is an...
Blog Post
12/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Recent action by the 28 privacy regulators in Europe is focusing new attention on the so-called “right to be forgotten.”  The right is the topic this week at U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club where I make the case that the right simply brings into the Digital Age the protections of privacy by obscurity. Marc...
News Story
12/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Since a Court of Justice ruling in May, Europeans have had the right to ask Internet search engines like Google to remove links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive. Popularly, this has been dubbed the “right to be forgotten.” It’s an important way to protect privacy in...
News Release
11/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the U.S. public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Parliament is expected today to take up a motion calling for the...
News Story
11/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
European Parliament vote sends clear message to regulators to go tough on Google Internet giant Google, already found guilty of abusing its dominant market share in online search to give its own products and services an unfair competitive advantage, has been given a clear signal of disapproval from Europe. The European Parliament on Thursday...
News Story
11/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The...
News Release
11/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised an expected call from the European Parliament to break up Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Financial Times first reported today that the European Parliament is expected to call for...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer rights group Consumer Watchdog has asked Google to voluntarily offer Americans the same right Europeans' now have to ask for certain links to be removed from the results of searches about them. Weeks after wrapping up a European tour to discuss concerns over the recent right to be forgotten ruling from the EU's top court, Google...