Federal Trade Commission Posts

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 »

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 »

Another One of Google’s “Broken Promises”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

More than a year after Google reached a deal to pay a record Federal Trade Commission fine of $22.5 million the search giant has reached a similar agreement with 37 states for $17 million for circumventing privacy settings on Safari Web browsers. Google bypassed user settings to block cookies, or small pieces of code that 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 »

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 »

U.K. Competition Officials Also Reviewing Google’s Acquisition of Waze

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The U.K.’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reviewing Google’s much-discussed acquisition of Israeli company Waze, which offers a mobile mapping and traffic navigation app with a 47 million user base that is growing rapidly. Waze adds real-time updates on traffic conditions from its users to Google’s Street Maps, “the most used smartphone app in 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 »

AGs Have More Questions for Google

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Increased scrutiny over Google’s business practices continues among state attorneys general. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote a letter to Google’s general counsel Kent Walker on Tuesday stating their concern over Google’s revenue from ads placed with YouTube videos that depict or promote illegal activities. The AGs have asked Google to Read more »

WSJ: FTC Reviewing Google’s Acquisition of Waze

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Google recently confirmed its acquisition mobile map app maker Waze Inc. has prompted lawyers from the Federal Trade Commission to contact the search giant about the deal, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. FTC lawyers may have asked Google to not integrate Waze, pending its review, the Journal reported. Last week, The Read more »

Google’s Deal for Waze ‘Will Almost Certainly’ Invite Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Did Google’s acquisition of mobile mapping company Waze Inc. for more than $1 billion comply with U.S. antitrust laws and merger review procedures? Maybe not, according to Steve Davidoff, New York Times Deal Professor columnist and professor at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. The deal, he added, “will almost Read more »