EU Protectionism on the Rise

For two decades, Google has focused tightly on improving its prowess in Internet search.  It is very good at search, and while it dominates search (worldwide about 88%) it is not the only player.  Microsoft’s Bing (4.5%) also produces excellent results, along with other rivals Yahoo (4.3%) and Baidu (0.6%).  When consumers choose among these […]

Google Hiring a dozen Lobbying Firms — Hill Blog Quotes ACI

Gautham Nagesh wrote an excellent blog today on the breaking news that Google has hiring a dozen more lobbying firms to prepare for its FTC antitrust investigation (“Google Hiring 12 Lobbying Firms as FTC Readies Antitrust Probe,” Hillicon Valley tech blog, The Hill, July 1, 2011.  The article quotes ACI’s president as saying: “Google is so dominant that […]

ACI Applauds FTC Investigation into Google Practices

Washington, DC, June 23, 2011 –– In response to news reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be issuing subpoenas in connection with an antitrust probe, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, made the following statement:   “”News reports that the FTC plans to conduct a probe of Google’s antitrust practices is […]

DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google; Offers Terms for Settlement for ITA Acquisition

Today, the DOJ filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google in connection with Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  There has been strong concerns that Google would use it dominant market position to corner the online travel business.  The DOJ also offered Google terms for a settlement, including a number of consumer protections.  The following is a […]

Statement on the Deal Reached between Connecticut’s Attorney General and Google Regarding Consumer Privacy Violation Claims

ACI was very pleased to see that Google will be held accountable for its alleged violations of consumers’ privacy that have resulted from their collection of data from Street View.  As all consumers become increasingly concerned about privacy issues on the Internet, the extent and multitude of reported instances involving Google may suggest systematic problems […]

Bloomberg News Quotes ACI on Antitrust Investigation

The Bloomberg article “Google’s Purchase of ITA Software May Be Challenged by U.S. Antitrust Suit” (January 14, 2011) quotes ACI’s president, Steve Pociask, on the DOJ’s investigation of Google.  To read the entire Bloomberg artlcle, click here.