Category: Google: Legal

Yelp asks Europe to take new antitrust action against Google

According to the Financial Times (paywall), Yelp has formally complained to the European Commission (EC) that Google “abused its dominance in local search” and is seeking a formal Statement of Objections (antitrust charges) against the company. The logic of the...

/ May 24, 2018

How to survive Google’s new local search world

Last month, I attended the Local Search Association’s 2018 annual conference (LSA18) and was overwhelmed at the helpful information shared by the experts who spoke. I’d like to share some key takeaways and offer some insights of my own on...

/ May 22, 2018

60 Minutes segment: Google is a monopoly without question

In last night’s widely anticipated “60 Minutes” segment on Google, the program asks, “How Did Google Get So Big?” The answer the interviewees generally give is: by engaging in illegal manipulation of search results in an effort to defeat competitors...

/ May 21, 2018

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a...

/ May 15, 2018

Google issues updated GDPR guidance to publishers on how to gain consent from users

Google has updated its cookie guidance resource, CookieChoices, to include new tips and suggestions to advertisers and publishers in advance of the May 25 deadline for enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR is a sweeping set of rules...

/ May 14, 2018

7 ways protections for online content are being eroded

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is critical to the foundation of online commerce as it’s exercised today. That’s why the recent debate about tweaking it to tackle online sex trafficking pitted some of the biggest online players...

/ April 24, 2018

Consumer groups file FTC complaint against YouTube for collecting kids’ personal data without parental consent

A coalition of 23 consumer groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging YouTube with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal data on children without parental consent. YouTube is owned by Google. The...

/ April 9, 2018

Oracle’s $9 billion Java lawsuit against Google back from the dead

Oracle’s suit against Google has been brought back to life by a federal appeals court. The underlying lawsuit involved Google’s unlicensed use of Java APIs as part of Android. Oracle originally sought nearly $9 billion in damages from Google. There...

/ March 27, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee asks CEOs of Facebook, Google, Twitter to testify on privacy

And now the hearings. Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it’s seeking testimony from Facebook, Google and Twitter executives on data privacy issues, triggered by the Cambridge Analytica data-mining controversy, which, as far as we know, has nothing...

/ March 26, 2018