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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 »

Study finds Google New Proposal in EU ineffective, confuses consumers

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Click here to see the full study described below. Survey of 2,500 finds new Google proposal ineffective, confuses consumers Google’s proposal sends up to 40 times more traffic to own links than those of others Google’s proposal for mobile produced virtually no clicks for other services Clicks on Google’s links drop dramatically after removing their 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 »

Three Big Issues Facing Google in the US

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

As the European Commission continues its deliberations with Google over how to end its diversion of traffic to its own platforms and away from competing sites, here are three big outstanding issues for Google in the United States: 1. The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the details of Google’s $1 billion acquisition of mobile mapping Read more »

Four Questions on Google’s Proposal In Europe Antitrust Case

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

A simple four-question test is key to determining whether Google’s revised proposal to end the European Commission’s antitrust investigation will resolve the concerns that Google is using its dominance to harm competitors in search and related Internet services. Google offered a new proposal in early September to end the investigation after the Commission rejected its Read more »

EU Google Case at “Crucial Passage,” Almunia Says in DC

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Joaquin Almunia, the top EU official in charge of competition policy, said in a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University Law Center that the European Commission is at a “crucial passage” in deciding how to proceed in its investigation over the search giant’s practice of using its dominance in Internet search to advantage its own products 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 »

Bloomberg: Google’s Online Ad Dominance Holding Back Startups

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

For years FairSearch has warned that Google’s dominance of online advertising and search is undermining Internet competition and innovation. It seems the capital markets are now taking notice. In an Aug. 8 piece, “Google Advertising Dominance Dims Startups’ IPO Prospects,” Bloomberg pointed out that even though online ad sales are forecasted to skyrocket to $163 Read more »

Bloomberg: FTC Investigating Google’s Display Advertising Tactics

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Nearly five months after concluding a previous probe of Google’s anti-competitive practices in search and search advertising, the Federal Trade Commission has opened a new investigation into whether Google is using its lead in the $17.7 billion U.S. display advertising market to undermine competition, according to a report from Bloomberg. The probe, which Bloomberg reports Read more »

FTC Chairwoman: Google’s Voluntary Agreement Not Precedent; Search Bias Pro-competitive Though It Harms Competitors

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Many were disappointed with the Federal Trade Commission’s and Google’s unprecedented voluntary agreement in January on advertising data and the “scraping” or excerpting of content from sites like Yelp. Now, it seems, the chairwoman of the FTC is apparently dismissing the agreement as a one-time deal that other companies should not expect. Additionally, the newly Read more »