Europe Prepares to Probe Google Hard and Deep
August 3, 2011 6:20 PM
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The EU will probe whether Google was "evil" in the search market. The EU is investigating nine reports of abuse against Google.
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Investigation of internet and mobile device giant expands to nine complaints
According to a
citing two unnamed sources, the European Union's
probe into possible antitrust violations
by Google Inc. (
) has greatly expanded. Google, who recently
set aside $500M USD
to deal with antitrust settlements, is accused of various wrongdoings in nine different complaints. The EU had only received four complaints, previously.
A source comments, "The Commission has nine formal complaints now. The new complaints come from small companies."
But while the EU may be probing Google to see if it's been naughty, Simon Holmes, the chief of SJ Berwin, a lawyer at EU and competition law firm, says that the new complaints don't necessarily mean game over for Google. He remarks, "Google's strong position means there are lots of interests involved. But there is nothing wrong per se in having a strong position. The mere proliferation of complaints doesn't increase the likelihood of infringements. It means there are issues certain parties want to be investigated."
The first three complaints were filed by small web content providers who accused Google of demoting their sites in its search results, to push users to its own competitive offerings. Microsoft Corp. (
), who was previously slammed by the EU with a
then-record $1.4B USD fine
for its own alleged antitrust violations,
filed its first ever complaint
with EU regulators, claiming Google was blocking internet search competition.
EU regulators can fine a company up to 10 percent of its global revenue. Thus far the biggest fines have come against Microsoft and, more recently, Intel Corp. (
), who was
fined $1.45B USD in 2009
In the U.S. Google
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
probe and a Sept. 21 U.S. Senate hearing scrutinizing its dominant position. These various actions add insult to the recent injury at the hands of Apple, Inc. (
), who is suing [
] Google's top hardware partners internationally in a bid to stifle its Android operating system. Microsoft, who's battling for EU action against Google, is also applying legal pressure [
] to get its own cut of Android revenue.
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More concerned about privacy-issues actua$**
8/3/2011 8:51:26 PM
I'm more concerned about my privacy when it comes to Google actually. Google linked Youtube a few month back to your GMail-accoutn for example, so when you log into Youtube your GMail-account gets logged in aswell.
Then there's Android that links to your GMail-account and basically keeps connected aslong as your Android-based hardware is powered, etc.
Google Streetview not asking for permission to picture your property is another good example and the list goes on a little bit more, like being logged in Google-search when you log in to Youtube and have all your searches tracked.
These are the real issues the politicians should investigate in and take legal action against it, denying them to link, track and create profiles like they do.
RE: More concerned about privacy-issues actua$**
8/3/2011 9:24:28 PM
Google Streetview not asking for permission to picture your property is another good example
Yes, but there are ways of getting your property off of Google Streetview. In my travels I have seen odd buildings that looked high security. When I looked them up on Google Streetview, they weren't there, only pics from before the building was built, while the structures on each side of them were current. Somehow you can get out of Streetview.
RE: More concerned about privacy-issues actua$**
8/3/2011 10:40:00 PM
Anybody can drive past your property and look at it. What's the problem? If someone is really concerned about having a picture of their house on streetview, then logically they should have a problem with any passerby looking at it - therefore they should already have put up a bigass wall making the issue moot.
If of course you only have a problem with StreetView and not being viewed from the street, you haven't thought things out very well.
Personally, I like the convenience of the single login. If I'm looking for privacy (you know, for porn) I can just click logout.
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