EU: Google complying with order in shopping case, says Vestager

EU: Google complying with order in shopping case, says Vestager

Google is complying with an EU order to boost competition in online shopping, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, May 22, brushing aside complaints from rivals demanding more regulatory action, reported Reuters. Hit with a €2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion at the time) fine two years ago for unfairly promoting its own comparison shopping service, Google […]

US: Google cuts ties with Huawei

US: Google cuts ties with Huawei

Google is halting a business relationship with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company, in what is seen as a blow to the company that has been on the radar of the US government. According to a report in Reuters citing a source familiar with the matter, Google is suspending all business with Huawei that requires it […]

Italy: Watchdog opens antitrust probe into Google

Italy: Watchdog opens antitrust probe into Google

Italy’s antitrust authority has become the latest international regulatory body to open an anti-competition investigation into Google, joining the European Union and the Competition Commission of India, reported CNBC. The regulator opened the probe on Thursday, May 16, after energy company Enel Group complained that Google wouldn’t allow the “Enel X Recharge” app to work with Android […]

India: Regulator probes Google for alleged Android abuse

India: Regulator probes Google for alleged Android abuse

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Alphabet’s unit Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals, reported Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last year started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a […]

Google AdSense for Search: Fines Always Come in Threes

Google AdSense for Search: Fines Always Come in Threes

April 2019 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: Google AdSense for Search: Fines Always Come in Threes By Aurelien Portuese (St Mary’s University Twickenham)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   On June 26, 2017, the European Commission fined Google €2.42 billion for abusing […]

US: Warren faces pushback over calls to break up Big Tech

US: Warren faces pushback over calls to break up Big Tech

Elizabeth Warren’s call to break up giant tech companies like Google and Facebook is facing some opposition in California, reported wbur.com. This time, however, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s proposal to check Big Tech may complicate her relationship with a state that has traditionally been a cash cow for her. California is home to three […]

EU: Google’s Ireland Tax deal draws concerns

EU: Google’s Ireland Tax deal draws concerns

Google’s Irish operations are coming under closer scrutiny from Europe over corporate tax affairs, reported Bloomberg. Irish authorities held “in- depth” talks with European Union officials late last year on whether the company complied with European Union rules limiting tax perks provided by European governments. The review was preliminary and might not lead to any […]

Germany: Google sued over search results

Germany: Google sued over search results

A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service in search results. Berlin-based Idealo GmbH said Friday it had submitted the complaint to the state court in Berlin. Idealo said its suit is based […]

US: Senators want FTC to disclose whether it is investigating Google

US: Senators want FTC to disclose whether it is investigating Google

Senators Marsha Blackburn (Republican – Tennessee) and Amy Klobuchar (Democrat – Minnesota) sent a letter on Monday, April 8, to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting it take action on Facebook and Google’s potential anticompetitive behavior and violations of American privacy, reported the Hill. In a statement, Blackburn said she hoped the “bipartisan effort” would […]

US: FTC, State AGs to team up to investigate Google, Facebook

US: FTC, State AGs to team up to investigate Google, Facebook

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is gearing up to hold talks with state attorneys general about Facebook and Google’s position in the technology space. According to a report in Bloomberg citing Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the meeting had been slated for this week but will be rescheduled.  It’s common for states to work […]

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