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FTC investigation demanded over Google Safari tracking

FTC investigation demanded over Google Safari tracking

Google's alleged bypassing of Safari privacy settings looks likely to come under FTC investigation, after three US Congressmen contacted the Commission to see whether the search giant has violated its consent agreement. Republican Representatives Cliff Stearns of Florida and Joe Barton of Texas, and Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts, penned a letter expressing their concerns to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday, citing Google's recent - and contentious - privacy policy changes and describing the claims that the company tricked Safari into allowing users to be tracked as "a major concern."

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Google facing EU antitrust charges at end of March

Google facing EU antitrust charges at end of March

Whether or not Google is formally accused of antitrust behaviors by the European Commission will be decided at the end of March, it's been confirmed, suggesting the EU has accelerated its investigation into the search giant's behaviors online. "I will receive comments from the case team towards the end of the first quarter" EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told Reuters this week. "I do not expect anything sooner. Let us see"

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Google+ faces FTC investigation over search antitrust

Google+ faces FTC investigation over search antitrust

Google's social network, Google+, will also come under investigation in a US FTC antitrust probe, according to sources, as the Commission examines whether the search giant has improperly used its heft to squeeze out rivals. Although originally expected to cover search, the US Federal Trade Commission's inquiry will now be expanded to look at Google+, two people "familiar with the situation" tell Bloomberg. The social network, and how it now feeds into search results, made headlines last week after Google announced plans to more closely personalize users' search experience.

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Google facing renewed FTC attention over Google+ search integration

Google facing renewed FTC attention over Google+ search integration

Google faces a potential FTC complaint and possible investigation over its "Search plus Your World" integration of Google+ into regular search results, with at least one US privacy watchdog saying it is weighing filing an objection with the government agency. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) flagged up its concerns with the new search system earlier today, arguing it makes users' personal data more accessible than before. "Users can opt out of seeing personalized search results," the group pointed out, "but cannot opt out of having their information found through Google search."

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Google FTC inquiry demanded by antitrust senators

Google FTC inquiry demanded by antitrust senators

Google faces renewed attention from the US Federal Trade Commission this week, as the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee reiterates demands for the search giant to be investigated over potentially unfair practices. "A key question is whether Google is using its market power to steer users to its own web products or secondary services and discriminating against other websites with which it competes" chairman Senator Herb Kohl and panel member Senator Herb Kohl wrote to the FTC today, Bloomberg reports, with the company's behavior being seen to "warrant a thorough investigation by the FTC."

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Google’s Korean offices get raided over Android antitrust concerns

Google’s Korean offices get raided over Android antitrust concerns

Google's offices in Seoul have been raided today by the Korean Fair Trade Commission over antitrust concerns relating to Android. Regulators conducted the investigation based on allegations that Google is limiting access to rival search engines on its Android platform, an investigation likely brought on by complaints from other South Korean internet search engine companies as well as Android mobile device makers.

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FTC Antitrust Probe On Google Focuses On Android And Search

FTC Antitrust Probe On Google Focuses On Android And Search

Google is in the midst of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which recently led to a subpoena issued for former CEO Eric Schmidt to testify before the Senate in September. Unlike other antitrust probes that Google has experienced with mergers and acquisitions, this one hits at the company's core business, with the latest reports saying that investigations will focus on Android and search.

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Google To Face Subpoenas in FTC Antitrust Probe

Google To Face Subpoenas in FTC Antitrust Probe

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be serving Google with civil subpoenas as part of an antitrust investigation. The WSJ's insider sources familiar with the situation tipped that the five-member FTC panel is preparing to send formal requests for information to Google within the next few days and may later on send out requests for information to other companies that have dealt with Google.

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