FTC Sharpens Google Anti-Trust Probe

The feds are asking questions about Android and Google's Web search practices.

Wall Street Journal: When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) handed Google subpoenas six weeks ago, it wasn't immediately clear which aspects of the company they were concerned about. Now, unnamed sources say the agency is focusing on three key areas:

  1. Whether Google prevents manufacturers who make Android smartphones from using other OSes.
  2. Whether it gives better placement to its own products in search results.
  3. Whether it uses data collected by rivals to improve its sites and then moves those rivals lower in search listings.

Google denies any wrongdoing. "We understand that with success comes scrutiny," said a company spokesperson. "We're happy to answer any questions they have about our business."

Tags: Google

0 Comments (click to add your comment)
Comment and Contribute


(Maximum characters: 1200). You have characters left.



IT Management Daily
Don't miss an article. Subscribe to our newsletter below.

By submitting your information, you agree that datamation.com may send you Datamation offers via email, phone and text message, as well as email offers about other products and services that Datamation believes may be of interest to you. Datamation will process your information in accordance with the Quinstreet Privacy Policy.