Google is out there whispering in the ears of journalists that they are off the hook for search manipulation and that there are three solid votes in opposition to the FTC pursuing the case. Perhaps they know things nobody else does, but if it’s true, it will raise all kinds of questions about the agency’s balk, particularly with regard to commissioner Edith Ramirez.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday December 10, 2012 4:40 pm|
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 4, 2012 1:23 pm|
I certainly hope someone asks him about the recent decision that allowed Google to retain the personal data it stole from up to 190 million users in the Safari hack, (which Rosch said was never the intention of the commissioners). Rosch has been the sole voice of dissent when the FTC allowed both Facebook and Google to deny liability in their recent settlements over egregious privacy violation. If Wright is confirmed (which seems likely, given his support from GOP leadership) the FTC will become significantly less privacy-oriented and even more toadyish to the corporate tech monoliths.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:21 pm|
FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez refuses to contradict Rocsch, refuses to endorse the settlement, and won’t go on the record saying that she knew that Google would be allowed to keep the stolen data.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 21, 2012 11:40 am|
Bloomberg is reporting today that the FTC may take a dive on exercising oversight of Google’s government-protected monopoly
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:01 pm|
It’s extremely disconcerting that Google is going to be allowed to retain data it obtains illegally as part of the settlement. But it’s even more troublesome to see how easily Google can manipulate the only watchdog they really have. If the FTC’s lawyers are reflecting what Google wants, rather than its own commissioners, it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming antitrust settlement.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday November 19, 2012 3:35 pm|
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, @RepZoeLofgren) and Anna Eshoo (D-PhRMA, @RepAnnaEshoo) add their names to the list of members of Congress telling the FTC to abdicate their responsibility to oversee antitrust activity and just let Google do whatever the heck it wants.