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Tag Archives: Google

Not Just Google and Yahoo! Harvesting Webmail Contacts Lists Also the NSA

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As two class actions are pending for violation of the Federal Wire Tap Act against Google and Yahoo! for harvesting contact lists, now it appears that NSA has also been harvesting “hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.” According to a … Continue Reading

Free Webmail May be Coming to an End as Yahoo! is Sued for Scanning eMails

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
In the wake of the Google class action for scanning gmail and violating the Federal Wiretap Act, a new class action suit was filed against Yahoo! for “…unlawful, wrongful, and intentional reading and/or learning of the contents.” The class action was filed by John Kevranian and Tammy Zapata on behalf of Yahoo! email users on … Continue Reading

Google Defends Scanning of Gmail for Advertising

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A class action against Google claims that Google violated laws by scanning Gmail notwithstanding the Terms of Service that expressly allows Google to scan Gmail. The allegations in this class action includes the following: …claim that the automated processing of email in Google’s Gmail service violates the Federal Wiretap Act, as amended by the Electronic … Continue Reading

Google’s $8.5 Million Proposed Settlement for Privacy Violations Opposed

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy groups oppose the current offer to settle a 2010 suit that “Google transmitted user search queries to third parties without knowledge or consent in order to enhance advertising revenue and profitability.” According to the 2010 complaint Google included: The search terms can contain users’ real names, street addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers and … Continue Reading

Google’s Android Operating System Now Target of EU Antitrust Charges

Posted in eCommerce
FairSearch.org filed a complaint with the EU asserting that Google’s use of the Android operating system dominates the mobile marketplace and is anticompetitive. FairSearch states that it “is an international coalition of 17 specialized search and technology companies whose members include Expedia, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and TripAdvisor.” In the complaint FairSearch states: Google is using … Continue Reading

Google Now Dealing with New EU Antitrust Complaint

Posted in eCommerce
Just as Google proposed a settlement with the EU, on January 30, 2013 i-Comp filed a new complaint of antitrust charges about which Bloomberg reported that Google’s “search results discriminate against competitors.” I-Comp is led by Microsoft and posted on its website:  By creating an illegal network of exclusive relationships with these important partners, Google … Continue Reading

How will the FTC Deal with the Internet with a New Chief?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FTC Chair Jon Liebowitz is resigning after 4 years during which he “pushed for online privacy protections and sought to restrain unfair competition,” but as the New York Times reported he “stumbled in an attempt to rein in the Internet search practices of Google”: Competitors, advertisers and some consumer advocates had complained that Google manipulated … Continue Reading

FTC Concludes that Google Does Not Violate Antitrust Laws

Posted in eCommerce
The FTC and Google reached a landmark agreement regarding allegations of antitrust behavior by Google regarding Google search engine. But also the settlement allows competitors of Google’s “on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms – to patents on critical standardized technologies needed to make popular devices such as smart phones, laptop and tablet computers, and gaming … Continue Reading

Google US Antitrust Settlement, Not so Fast

Posted in eCommerce
Although in mid-December the Washington Post reported that there was an apparent antitrust settlement with Google and the FTC, Google reached out to me to let me know otherwise. Google sent me an email  with a link to former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle’s article and a Forbes article which I reference below.  Google wanted me to … Continue Reading

US Antitrust Problems for Google May be Over

Posted in eCommerce
The Washington Post reported that the FTC and Google have reached a deal in the 2 year investigation about monopoly practices where Google “would agree to new limits on its ability to use snippets of content from other Web sites and would agree to make it easier for marketers to transfer their online ads to … Continue Reading

France and Germany Considering Google Tax on Searches

Posted in eCommerce
Yahoo recently reported stated that French President Francois Hollande wants a tax on Google, and other search engines each time they use French media content. Google has threatened to exclude French media websites from search results to avoid paying this new tax. Apparently the goal of the new tax would be to “reward French media … Continue Reading

Google’s Antitrust Problems

Posted in eCommerce
Recent reports indicate that the US and EU antitrust regulators are considering filing suits against Google, but not for control over the search engine market, which clearly Google controls. Rather the antitrust claims will be directed at Google’s unfair competition by unfairly manipulating search results. Computerworld recently reported: …the suit might charge that Google manipulates … Continue Reading

New Internet Taxes Problems for Google

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that “Google reported sales of more than $4 billion in Britain last year…” but “paid less than $10 million in taxes.” Google VP for North and Central Europe Matt Brittin told a UK parliamentary panel that “We pay the tax we are required to pay in every country in which … Continue Reading

EU Claims Google Violates Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
The 27 heads of European data agencies complained that Google’s failed to respond adequately to charges that Google’s new Privacy Policy effective on March 1, 2012 violated the EU privacy laws which are referred to as the 1995 Data Directive  –“Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection … Continue Reading

Oops- Google Found Street View Wifi Data

Posted in Internet Privacy
Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google’s global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement) at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and admitted the following: … Continue Reading

No Surprise – US Supreme Court Relies on Google

Posted in eCommerce
A law professor concluded that Justices on the Supreme Court regularly use Google since apparently Opinions issued by the Supreme Court cite facts never offered by the lawyers’ briefs. Professor Allison Orr Larsen (William & Mary Law School) studied 15 years of Supreme Court decisions and concluded that the Justices simply rely on Google. Professor’s … Continue Reading

Google Obliges Website Copyright Takedown Requests 97% of the Time

Posted in eCommerce
Google is getting high marks for its May 2012 Transparency Report that when copyright owners complain about website infringement, that Google takes down those website urls (universal resource locators) 97% of the time. Google claims the other 3% are not taken down because of inaccurate or incomplete information. In April 2012 1,255,402 url removal requests … Continue Reading