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Blog Post
1/10/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google may have only received a tap on the wrist from the Federal Trade Commission when the agency closed the U.S. antitrust investigation without taking action against the Internet giant for skewing search results to favor its services, but it's looking increasingly likely that Google will face strong action on the other side of the Atlantic...
Blog Post
12/20/2012
By John M. Simpson
Last weekend news broke that the Federal Trade Commission was about to settle its two-year antitrust investigation of Google with what charitably could be termed a slight tap on the wrist. But by Tuesday night the reported holiday gift to the Internet giant was unraveling and the FTC signaled it would keep the investigation going into January. So...
Blog Post
11/30/2012
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
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
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...
Blog Post
1/27/2012
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
CONTACT John M. Simpson and Jamie Court
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
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...