In a unanimous vote, the Federal Trade Commission announced it has closed its investigation into Google's search practices, concluding that the evidence "does not support" an antitrust case. The FTC cannot stop here.
s it unlawful for Google to collect and organize vast volumes of information about you, your family, and your business and then to use that information to try to alter your behavior? Nope. Is Google a threat to our civil liberties? Yep.
As good as Google is at providing information, it should not and must not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must and will eventually be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.
There is an inherent difficulty in determining when a company's competitive actions might merely harm less effective competitors (that's a good thing) and when it might harm consumers and the market in general.
As good as Google is at providing information, it should not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.
Despite our slow economic recovery, one bright spot throughout the last several years has been the thriving Internet economy. Innovation is alive and well in America, with new startups launching practically every day.
We'll pay your fine, but we won't admit we did anything wrong. Those are the terms Google agreed to in its record-breaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which penalized Google for the second time in a year for violating privacy promises made to its users.
Google's competitors cry foul concerning the search engine's algorithms and ranking practices, but fail to take even basic steps to comply with the transparency guidelines that are in play. The FTC is listening more closely to competitors, and losing sight of the industry.