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FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google

It’s looking less likely that the Federal Trade Commission believes it has a solid enough case to take Google to court on antitrust grounds, at least over the way Google presents results from its own products. A report from Bloomberg today says Google may “skirt the most serious antitrust allegations under investigation,” as regulators “waver on whether they can prove …

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Judge: FTC’s Fine Of Google Was Adequate

In August, Google was handed a $22.5 million penalty by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in relation to the tracking of Safari users in the incident that came to be known as “Safari-gate.” It was the largest fine in FTC history for a single company. Based on the revenue that Google brings in, however, some found this amount to be …

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GOP Senators To FTC: Ease Up On Tech Companies (Like Google)

Ten GOP Senators signed a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, from Senator Jim DeMint, expressing views on the FTC’s apparent eagerness to enforce antitrust regulation on tech companies. Those who signed, in addition to Demint, include: Kay Bailey Hutchison, Orrin Hatch, John Thune, John Cornyn, Johnny Isakson, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Pat Toomey, and Marco Rubio. The letter clearly …

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Report: FTC Gives Google A Few Days To Offer A Proposal

Last month, reports came out indicating that the FTC would reveal its formal decision about whether or not to file an antitrust suit against Google. Here we are waiting, but not for long, from the sound of it. Bloomberg is reporting, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” that FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is pressing Google to make an offer …

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FTC Staff Recommending Google Lawsuit [RUMOR]

According to a Bloomberg report, staff members of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are formally recommending to commissioners that Google be sued for violations of antitrust law. The report cites four unnamed people “familiar with the matter,” and states that the final decision on the case will come sometime after election day on November 6. The FTC investigation stems …

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Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic”

Last week, reports came out indicating that four out of five FTC commissioners are supporting an antitrust suit against Google, and that a decision will come in late November or December. Also last week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz about the FTC’s pursuance of such a suit, calling on the commission to “tread …

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SEMPO Urges FTC To Review Search Labeling Transparency

The SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) Board of Directors has sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz regarding search labeling transparency. The theme of the letter is in line with the open letter written to the Commission by search industry vet Danny Sullivan earlier this year, in which he called for the FTC to scrutinize Google as well …

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FTC’s Google Antitrust Decision May Come In November [Report]

Although a decision on whether or not to move forward with an antitrust suit against Google was expected about a month ago, it looks like the decision has been made, and that the FTC may pursue such action. Reuters is reporting today that four out of five FTC commissioners “believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google.” The …

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Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law

Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook is concerned with COPPA, in how it relates to plug-ins, like the company’s ever-popular “Like” button. The company sent a 20-page letter to the FTC last week (hat tip: Business Insider), seeking changes to the …

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Facebook’s Retail Data Mining Already Being Questioned by Privacy Groups

That was fast. Just a few days after multiple outlets reported on a new way Facebook is providing better analytics on ad campaigns to marketers, two electronic privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether or not the practice violates recent concessions made by the company in an FTC privacy settlement. We recently learned that Facebook …

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Joshua Wright FTC Nomination Probably Makes Google Happy

This week, President Obama nominated Joshua Wright, a George Mason University School of Law professor, to serve on the Federal Trade Commission, replacing Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch. Rosch’s term will come to a close this month. Wright, an economist, in addition to being a law professor, has some ties to Google, as San Jose Mercury News columnist Chris O’Brien writes …

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Consumer Watchdog Challenges Google’s FTC Settlement Over “Safari-gate”

Consumer Watchdog announced today that it has won the right to oppose the recently announced $22.5 million Google settlement with the FTC. Despite the fact that this was the largest fine the FTC has ever given a single company, and that the FTC was gloating about the victory, Consumer Watchdog doe not think the settlement is adequate. “Google executives want …

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