EU and US continue to have different perspectives on Google

Interesting to read Mr Almunia’s (EU Commissioner responsible for competition) comments re Google and any apparent bias in the results of their search engine – as against the recent findings of the FTC.

Ed Black’s recent piece in Forbes makes the case for the FTC decision.

I suspect this has some way to run.  Competitors clearly unhappy that Google is exploiting its position.  Not unfair for Mr Black or Google to point out that others are not without sin either.  But I guess the real concern is the sheer size, dominance, influence of one player and the standards that must be seen to operate for such a player.

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(Microsoft) Shoe on the other foot (Google)

Federal Trade Commissions investigates Google

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Interesting to read about major investigation of Google in US.  have they had it all their won way on advertising?  Have they failed to be ‘holier than thou’?  Very much feels like the old days of Microsoft being chased arising from their then dominant position.  Will be interesting to see whther this gives rise to any significant findings or actions.

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Good initiative on privacy

Know who is tracking what about you

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There are any number of companies out there tracking your presence on the web – gathering information for the purposes of targeting you to purchase product.  Good to see an initiative emerging from some of those most proficient in tracking your online activities – to let you see what they are tracking and let you opt out.

George Orwell’s 1984 vision of Big Brother and surveillance is well and truly with us – whether through companies tracking our online presence or people constantly photographing/ videoing us and sharing it on the web.  The complaints about Google and Facebook are well documented.  The concerns about security of healthcare records, the potential risks of cloud computing…we will see more and more of this in the press.

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