European Commission Posts

Video: FairSearch Panel on Next Steps in Google Investigations

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

On September 9, FairSearch convened a panel in Washington, D.C. to discuss U.S. and EU competition policy, and the next steps in the Google investigation. Videos of each speaker’s remarks follow below. The speakers were: •       Moderator: Ben Hammer, FairSearch •       Gary Reback, Of Counsel, Carr & Ferrell, Menlo Park, Calif. •       Allen Grunes, Co-Founder, Read more »

EU Companies and Officials Put Additional Pressure on the EC

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Open Internet Project, a group of European digital companies, and European politicians are raising further scrutiny of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission. The group launched a campaign to stop the settlement, arguing that it “would entrench Google’s dominance and do little to curb the company’s abuses.” “If this settlement were to happen, Read more »

FairSearch Statement on Vice President Almunia’s Op-Ed in FAZ

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Brussels, 13 May 2014 - European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia wrote an open letter to Mathias Döpfner, chief executive officer of German media group Axel Springer SE, which appeared as an op ed piece in FAZ on 13 May. Here is the FairSearch response: FairSearch welcomes Vice President Joaquin Almunia’s acknowledgment that Google’s “de facto gatekeeper Read more »

Google Reverses on Scanning Student Emails as W.H. Expresses Concern

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Google only recently announced it will stop scanning students’ email accounts for advertising purposes. This comes as a new White House report on ‘big data’ says “The federal government must ensure that privacy regulations protect students against having their data being shared or used inappropriately, especially when the data is gathered in an educational context.” Google Apps for Read more »

FairSearch Panel Explores Mobile, EU Competition Issues

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Wednesday, FairSearch held a lunch panel in Washington D.C. to discuss Google’s proposed commitments to the European Commission (EC), and emerging competition issues in the mobile space. The event was held with the backdrop of the American Bar Association’s spring antitrust meetings. Attendees included staff from the FTC, US Justice Department, and FCC, Canada’s Competition Read more »

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 »

FairSearch Europe Urges European Commission to Make Google Proposal Public, Proposal Reinforces Google’s Dominant Position Instead of Remedying Problems

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Statement attributable to Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe legal counsel and spokesman. The proposal has not been made public, but from what has been reported it appears that this solution may be worse for consumers and competitors than doing nothing at all. To redress Google’s abuse of its dominant position, the proposed commitments reportedly would charge Read more »

Responses To Google’s Tentative Settlement With the European Commission

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

On 5 February 2014, the European Commission tentatively accepted Google’s revised proposal of commitments to end the Commission’s antitrust investigation into concerns that Google is illegally abusing its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first two proposals as insufficient following market tests and reviews that elicited widespread criticism from Read more »

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 »