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News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
News Release
4/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Release
11/27/2014
CONTACT 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 Release
11/21/2014
CONTACT 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...
Blog Post
10/10/2014
By John M. Simpson
Since The European Court of Justice ruled  that citizens of the European Union have a “right to be be forgotten” Google and other search engine operators have been doing their best to undermine the court’s decision.  Instead — if they would actually listen to their users — they would be figuring out how to...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it...
Blog Post
4/16/2014
By John M. Simpson
The CEO of Europe's largest newspaper publishing company is charging that Google is seeking to build a "digital superstate" free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. In an open letter to the Internet giant's Chairman Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Alex Springer writes, "We are afraid of Google. I...
News Release
3/26/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A proposed settlement in Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google that establishes a monitor for five years to ensure that the Internet giant keeps its promises under the deal, does not actually obligate Google to do anything in response to a request from the “Monitoring Trustee,” Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
3/6/2014
By John M. Simpson
Back in February Consumer Watchdog wrote to 27 of the 28 members of the European Union's College of Commissioners objecting to the tentative antitrust settlement with Google on both the merits of the deal and the procedures that were being followed. Today I got a letter in response from Alexander Italianer, Director-General for Competition,...