Responding to Googlespeak: Part 3

Myth 3: That there are other specialized online services proves we’ve done nothing wrong. Google claims that the continued existence of other comparison shopping services shows that the Commission’s “allegations of harm” are “wide of the mark.”   Fact 3: Google’s manipulation of search results harms consumers and competition. The Commission’s SO focuses on the … read more

Responding to Googlespeak: Confronting Google’s Arguments

On April 15, the European Commission announced that it had issued a Statement of Objections (SO) to Google for illegally abusing its dominance in search, and that it was opening a separate investigation into abuses involving Android, Google’s mobile operating system. In response, Google issued two blog posts “strongly disagree[ing] with” the Commission and setting … read more

FTC Revelations about the Google Case

Most observers have long found the outcome of the FTC’s investigation into the Google case perplexing and disappointing, particularly given early signs that it was being pursued vigorously. Recent revelations shed more light on how and why the FTC got it so wrong. In early 2013, despite a clear recommendation to the contrary by FTC Staff, the … read more

Can the egg be unscrambled?

Google’s cleverly constructed undertaking actually hides the fact that the largely cosmetic changes only apply to Google’s stated policy, not to the real practices that apply to its multitude of services.  Those practices will continue to foray into the privacy of its users.  That would not be a problem if users had genuine alternatives.  They … read more

For whom was Google really built?

In recent blogposts and speeches, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) has attempted to refute claims against his company about its prolonged and sustained anticompetitive practices. Google was built for users, not websites, he says. Adding insult to injury, he goes on to deny that Google promotes its own products and services to the detriment of … read more

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS

On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support of the Commission’s long-running antitrust investigation of Google. In doing so, News Corp. added its voice to the growing chorus of European publishers, consumer organisations, Internet companies and many others who believe Google is abusing … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more

ICOMP Open Letter

Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – Google I am writing on behalf of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) which is both a formal complainant in the Google case and includes a number of Council Members that are formal … read more