Deceptive Display Posts

FairSearch Europe Initial View: Google’s Proposed Commitments are Worse than Nothing

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel. It is also available here. The European Commission has tentatively accepted a proposal by Google which is worse than doing nothing. These proposed commitments have not been subjected to any form of consultation, although it was thanks to market testing of industry participants that Read more »

Google’s Latest Plus Ploy Doesn’t Add Up

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Google recently announced a new feature that allows Gmail users to e-mail anyone who has a Google+ account. The move has bolstered growing concerns that Google is going too far to promote its social network at the expense of its users’ privacy – all in the name of selling more online ads. Google+ has lagged Read more »

Google’s Settlement Offer Again Fails to Restore Search Competition

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Google’s second proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust case has yet again fallen short of resolving the concerns that Google is illegally abusing its dominant position in search. Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s competition commissioner, told a Spanish radio station that Google’s latest proposal was “not acceptable.” As Bloomberg reported quoting the Commissioner: “‘The Read more »

Fortune: ‘For Google, it pays to be evil during the holidays’

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Should Google change its motto from “Don’t Be Evil” to “Don’t Gouge Consumers Buying Goods on the Internet”? This holiday season much has been made about the company’s display of results for shopping and product searches that steer consumers to the highest retail bidder and not the lowest product cost. Today, Fortune released a piece Read more »

Report: Canadian Officials ‘Have Reason to Believe’ Google is Violating Competition Laws

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Canadian competition authorities are moving forward in a formal probe of Google’s search and advertising practices, according to a report from the Financial Post, telling a federal court it has “reason to believe” Google is violating Canadian laws. Click here to see the court filing on the Canadian investigation. The Competition Bureau of Canada filed Read more »

Google’s Paid Product Listings Direct Consumers to Higher Prices, Reports Say

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

More reporters and other Google watchers are noting the company’s broken promises and how Google manipulates the display of results to boost its sales to the detriment of consumers. And with the holiday season here, new studies and reports find that consumers may be unwittingly paying more when searching for products on Google’s homepage. Advertisers Read more »

Danny Sullivan on “Google’s Broken Promises”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

FairSearch has frequently asked whether Google can really be trusted, a question that is as important as ever. Search Engine Land founding editor Danny Sullivan recently published a blog post titled “Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?” calling Google out with two specific examples in the last two years. First broken promise, Read more »

Google Settlement in Europe Must Include Non-Discrimination in Search

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, announced that he had negotiated a new set of remedies with Google to restore both competition in the online search market and choice and innovation for consumers. The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, Legal Counsel and Spokesman for FairSearch Europe. “Until we have seen the details Read more »

Almunia to Decide on Next Steps in Google Competition Probe in ‘Coming Weeks’

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Joaquin Almunia, the top EU official in charge of competition policy, said Friday that he is nearing a decision on how to resolve the European Commission’s nearly three-year investigation into Google’s search and other business practices. Friday, Almunia said in a speech in Florence, Italy that he will determine in the “coming weeks” whether to Read more »

Roundup of Comments on Google’s Proposed Commitments to European Commission

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The European Commission today announced Google’s proposed commitments to settle allegations that it is abusing its dominance by giving preferential treatment to its own services in display and ranking of search results. Google proposal to label where it promotes its own products above generic search results and offer links to “three rival specialised search services Read more »