More Google debate – this time re fairness of search

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So now it seems the EU will investigate the fairness of Google search results. And the complainant is a subsidiary of Microsoft.

This is not the first time that the EU has involved itself with dominant players – ask Microsoft themselves.

The stakes are high.  Google has entered the language – ‘to google’ something being the action of searching for relevant information re something using the Google site.  Any suggestion that Google, enjoying its dominant position in the search marketplace, would use its own search engine to provide results in a biased way (thereby impacting its competitors negatively), would not sit well with the EU.  It is important for the public and the EU that this is cleared up in a satisfactory manner for everyone.

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EU to review internet privacy rules

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NY Times reports today that EU will review internet privacy rules.  Not surprising given the various stories about Google inadvertently gathering private data and facebook partners leaking user data.

‘…Viviane Reding, the justice commissioner, announced its intention to overhaul the European Union’s data protection rules to take account of the development of social networking, personalized advertising and other Web services that have raised privacy concerns. The new legislation, set to be introduced next year, would replace rules that date to 1995…’

On a separate note for any of you concerned re Streetview images uploaded by Google see this link from the Data Protection Commissioner’s Site (Ireland)

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