Antitrust Posts

ProSiebenSat.1: Google’s Search Platform Reduces Choice to Zero

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The following is a guest blog post by Heiko Zysk, Vice President and Head of European Affairs of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, a German media company. Zysk spoke on Wednesday in Washington, DC at a FairSearch panel on the European Commission’s investigation of Google for potential violations of EU competition laws. Many media outlets have published reports Read more »

FairSearch: Market Tests Still Necessary to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Google’s Proposed Commitments

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The following is a FairSearch statement, “Market Tests are still necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of Google’s proposed commitments released today by the company.”  We are examining the offer now, and will comment when we have reviewed it. We welcome Google’s unilateral decision to publish a non-confidential version of its commitments, but will continue to Read more »

Consumer Group Calls on Policymakers to Block Google-Waze Deal

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog yesterday sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division calling for the rejection of Google’s $1 billion acquisition of mobile map software maker Waze Inc. John Simpson, privacy project director for the nonpartisan public interest group, wrote: “Google already dominates the online mapping business with Read more »

European Commission, AGs Have Final Word, Not FTC

Friday, January 4th, 2013

As the dust settles after the Federal Trade Commission’s disappointing announcement of its settlement with Google, it is clear that the FTC will not have the last word in determining whether Google’s practices are illegal, and whether the company will have to change them. Google is expected to make a formal, detailed proposal to the Read more »

FairSearch Statement on EC Google Investigation

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Questions about Google’s search bias and other anti-competitive practices will not end if the FTC fails to take legally binding action to protect consumers and innovators in the U.S., where the market conditions and law are different than the EU. In Europe, Google dominates more than 93 percent of the search market, and Vice President Read more »

FairSearch Principles for Evaluating Remedies to Google’s Antitrust Violations

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The members of FairSearch have often been asked, what remedies are our members seeking to resolve the harms that result from Google’s anti-competitive search and business practices. Enforcing existing competition laws in the online context is vital to fostering greater innovation, lower-cost online services, and increased economic growth. As is becoming increasingly evident, this need Read more »

NYT: Growing Concerns Over Google in Mobile

Monday, November 5th, 2012

New York Times reporter Steve Lohr wrote about growing antitrust concerns over the legality of how Google operates in mobile on the newspaper’s Bits Blog today. Lohr writes that Android is a “gateway technology” for search and mobile advertising and that there are concerns Google could use its “free” Android software as a “sword and Read more »

Poll Finds Public Supports FTC Google Probe

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Today, FairSearch is releasing the results of a poll designed and fielded by The Tarrance Group, and commissioned by FairSearch, that found voters, including self-identified conservatives, support investigating allegations that Google has violated antitrust and consumer protection laws. The findings show that when consumers learn more about Google’s dominant market position, they overwhelmingly categorize the search giant Read more »

FairSearch Supports Rapid, Enforceable Changes to Google’s Anti-Competitive Business Practices

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The following is a statement by the FairSearch coalition responding to reports that the European Commission and Google may begin technical discussions over a potential settlement that could end the Commission’s 18+-month investigation of Google’s business practices for potential violations of EU competition and consumer protection laws. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and six state Read more »

FairSearch EU Counsel Thomas Vinje’s Statement on Google’s Proposal to the European Commission

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

It has been reported that Google has submitted a proposal to the European Commission in response to Vice President Joaquín Almunia’s offer to have the company propose remedies to the four potential violations of EU antitrust and consumer protection laws that Almunia identified after an almost two-year investigation of Google’s business practices. The following is Read more »