EU investigates Google on Anti-Trust Charges

9 Dec

Google can’t seem to stay out of trouble for five minutes, can they?

In late October, Google had to apologize for stealing information from unsecured networks, and only recently got cleared of charges by the FTC.  Earlier this month, a commission from the European Union asked Google (and Facebook) to give users more control over their data.

Now, regulators from the European Union are investigating Google on anti-trust charges.

Surprisingly not for privacy violations.

The commission opened the case based on complaints that Google’s search engine gave preferential treatment to their sites over competitors. So far there is no proof the accusations are accurate, but the commission said they will conduct an in-depth investigation.

Google has agreed to cooperate with the commission, and said they will work with them to address any concerns.

Google acknowledged previously that European competition regulators had contacted it about complaints received from three websites — Britain’s Foundem, a price comparison site; France’s ejustice, a legal search engine; and Ciao! from Bing, a product rating site run by Microsoft Corp. in several European countries.  – LA Times article

“Since we started Google we have worked hard to do the right thing by our users and our industry — ensuring that ads are always clearly marked, making it easy for users to take their data with them when they switch services and investing heavily in open source projects. But there’s always going to be room for improvement,” the company said.

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