FairSearch sent us a copy of the letter, which was sent on Feb. 28th.
It’s no surprise that FairSearch is involved in trying to draw more scrutiny to Google’s policies, though Google has provided some time for authorities to get familiar with them. In fact, in January, they shared a letter to Congress explaining them.
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Here’s the letter in its entirety:
In an ecosystem in which competition has been impeded by the actions of a dominant company, that company has the ability and the incentive to impose policies such as the one in question on a consumer base that has little, if any, choice in the matter. Google’s own chief economist Hal Varian observed in 1998 paper that “once you have a chosen technology, or a format for keeping information, switching can be expensive.”
Authorities around the globe, including the Directorate General for Competition in the European Union, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as several Attorneys General are already investigating Google for abusing its dominant position. We will soon be gathering in Washington, DC at the NAAG Spring Meeting, where policymakers and law enforcement officials from authorities around the country will come to discuss this and other important issues. As the lead antitrust enforcer in your state, I urge you to speak with your colleagues and the federal officials who are investigating Google’s dominance to make your concerns known and to contribute your expertise to this critical issue that affects almost every Internet user in your state.
As always, I am available should you have any questions for me or any of FairSearch.org’s members, and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming AG events.
Patrick C. Lynch
Lynch served as Attorney General of Rhode Island from 2003-2011.