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: Confirmation of an SO Against Google

“Commissioner Vestager’s bold decision to send a Statement of Objections (SO) to Google and open a separate investigation into Google’s Android platform are significant developments in the long running formal investigations into the company. It will be greeted by relief among complainants, harmed businesses and consumers across Europe.”  “An SO cannot be dismissed as a … 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

Google Investigation Moves Ahead in India

India press outlets are reporting that the investigation arm of the India Competition Commission (CCI) has submitted its final report on allegations that Google has abused its dominant position in the search engine space. ICOMP has not seen the report from the Director General charged with investigating the case.  However, we have followed the case … 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

Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

No smoke without fire

It has been reported that another competition regulator, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), has launched a probe into Google’s conduct. Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, has filed a competition complaint to the FAS accusing Google of using Android’s dominant position to force other Google products to be pre-installed as the default setting on mobile devices. … 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