FTC Posts

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 »

Video: FairSearch Panel “Lessons From the Google-FTC Settlement”

Friday, April 12th, 2013

On Wednesday, FairSearch convened a panel, “Lessons from the Google-FTC Settlement,” in Washington, D.C. as thousands gathered to attend the American Bar Association’s Spring antitrust section meeting. More than 125 ABA meeting attendees; consumer advocates; state Attorney General staff from Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee; officials from the FTC and DOJ; and competition authorities from the Read more »

What Google Isn’t Saying in “How Search Works”

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Last week, Google launched “How Search Works,” an interactive website that explains “the entire life of a search query” on the company’s sites, though scrolling through the site reveals that Google’s site leaves a few important things out of its explanation. Search Bias The site describes search results pages that can take a variety of 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: FTC Settlement Not the Last Word, Premature

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The following is a statement from FairSearch: The FTC’s decision to close its investigation with only voluntary commitments from Google is disappointing and premature, coming just weeks before the company is expected to make a formal and detailed proposal to resolve the four abuses of dominance identified by the European Commission, first among them biased Read more »

No Reason for FTC to Rush Decision Before Google Proposal to EC

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

As the FTC returns to business in the New Year, it’s important to remember that reports indicate that the European Commission is expecting a detailed, formal offer from Google this month to resolve its investigation of Google’s anti-competitive search practices. The FTC has every reason to consider Google’s proposal to the EC before deciding how 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 »

Keen on “Solving the Google Problem”

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Andrew Keen, author of Digital Vertigo, recently made a couple of interesting points on CNN in a piece titled “Solving ‘the Google problem’ key to ensuring the Internet’s success. “The future may, indeed, have arrived on the Internet. But rather than being run by intelligent devices, it’s unfortunately being run more and more by a Read more »

NYT: Europeans Insisting Google Address Search Bias

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

While the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly focused on other anti-competitive practices than Google’s biased search results in settlement talks with Google, Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, is apparently focused on finding a solution to this crucial issue that represents the most harmful conduct by Google. 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 »