Why Data Matters

It is hard to imagine that any undertaking that has been found to contravene the law would then continue to operate as if nothing had happened. Incredibly, this is the scenario European citizens find themselves facing with Google’s privacy policy. Two years ago this month the Article 29 Working Party, on behalf of Data Protection … read more

Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS

On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support of the Commission’s long-running antitrust investigation of Google. In doing so, News Corp. added its voice to the growing chorus of European publishers, consumer organisations, Internet companies and many others who believe Google is abusing … read more

The Google Case: Where are we now?

The European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google has been underway since 2010.  Indeed, the Commission has been looking into Google’s practices since at least 2008.  Six years on, Google’s latest package of proposed remedies has been rejected and there is no prospect that a resolution will be found before Commissioner Almunia’s mandate expires. What happens … read more