Come on, Google, address the facts

This week, the European Commission announced a Statement of Objections (SO) against Google, confirming that Google is dominant in search and that is has illegally abused that dominance. Immediately prior to that announcement, Google sent an internal memo to its staff in which it attempted to explain away the Commission’s concerns. The memo was soon … read more

ICOMP Statement in response to leaked reports of Statement of Objections

If the FT report that Google is to be served with a Statement of Objections by the European Commission: “Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance”, is accurate, then this is a very significant development. A Statement of Objections represents a formal finding by the Commission that Google is dominant and that its … read more

What a Statement of Objections would mean for Google

Over the past few days, the world’s media have reported on various rumours from Brussels’ that the European Commission (EC) will decide ‘very soon’ on its next steps in the antitrust case against Google. Significant and in-depth articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, on Charles Arthur’s widely respected blog The OverSpill … read more

UK citizens are deeply concerned about data protection, a new Big Brother Watch polling shows

The findings of recent polling, commissioned by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch and carried out by ComRes, clearly show that UK citizens harbour deep concerned about their privacy online. The polling also demonstrates that data regulation is not perceived as being strong enough to ensure Google complies with data protection laws. This is especially … 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

No more second (or third, or fourth) chances

ICOMP has long said that Google’s proposed settlement is fatally flawed. It not only fails to address the core abuses raised by the commission, it also would serve to entrench Google’s dominance and give it a free hand to continue and expand its abuse across Europe. It is thus very encouraging to hear that commissioner Almunia … 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

A proportional response? How lawmakers are unwittingly letting Google re-commit the crime

Last week we reported the news that Google had been fined the maximum levy from the CNIL, the French data protection authority, for their continuous violation of privacy regulation across Europe. At the time, Auke Haagsma, ICOMP commented: “the CNIL has levied the maximum possible fine on Google, citing the breadth and seriousness of its … read more