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Submission + - EPIC Suggests FTC Looks At Google+ (epic.org) 1

DCTech writes: Electronic Privacy Information Center has wrote to FTC about privacy and antitrust issues surrounding Google+ and their recent implementation of Google+ results within standard Google search results. EPIC's concerns are that users cannot opt-out of their personal information shown in search results and that Google's changes come at a time when the company is facing increased scrutiny over whether it distorts search results by giving preference to its own content. "Recently, the Senate held a hearing on Google's use of its dominance in the search market to suppress competition, and EPIC urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's use of Youtube search rankings to give preferential treatment to its own video content over non-Google content. "
Google

Submission + - EPIC Suggests FTC Looks At Google+ Antitrust Issue (epic.org)

DCTech writes: Electronic Privacy Information Center has wrote to FTC about privacy and antitrust issues surrounding Google+ and their recent implementation of Google+ results within standard Google search results. EPIC's concerns are that users cannot opt-out of their personal information shown in search results and that Google's changes come at a time when the company is facing increased scrutiny over whether it distorts search results by giving preference to its own content. "Recently, the Senate held a hearing on Google's use of its dominance in the search market to suppress competition, and EPIC urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's use of Youtube search rankings to give preferential treatment to its own video content over non-Google content. "
Android

Submission + - Google Accused of Interfering With Anti-Competitio (theregister.co.uk)

DCTech writes: South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is accusing Google of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android. 'Google deleted files and made its employees work from home in an attempt to frustrate the investigation, alleges the commission in an interview with a South Korean newspaper. The non-co-operation allegedly came after Google's Seoul office was raided by the commission's officials in September. The anti-competition probers were looking into whether Google's Android phones unfairly prioritise Google search and are "systematically designed" to make it difficult to switch to another option'. Now the South Korean watchdog is considering maximum fines for Google's non-compliance. Google is currently under investigation for similar anti-competition issues in Europe and the US.

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